January 11, 2014
Appeals Court Finds Apple Did Not Violate Google-Motorola Patent
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
A US Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Apple did not infringe on a patent owned by Google's Motorola Mobility when developing the iPhone, Reuters reported Friday afternoon.
In its ruling, the appeals court for the Federal Circuit upheld a decision last April by the International Trade Commission (ITC), a US panel that investigates patent infringement, which found that Apple did not violate a Google patent when making the iPhone.
"Motorola failed to establish the technical prong of the domestic industry requirement," wrote Federal Judge Jimmie V. Reyna in the court's decision. "Because these conclusions of the Commission were supported by substantial evidence, we affirm."
The original suit was filed in 2010, when Motorola claimed that Apple had infringed on six of its patents, including one involving a technology that prevents a smartphone user from inadvertently activating a phone's touchscreen when the handset is placed on the ear. But the ITC ruled in April that Apple did not violate any of the six patents.
Friday’s appeals court ruling addressed just one of the patents in Motorola’s suit.
"We're disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our options," read a statement issued by Google’s Motorola Unit.
Apple has not yet commented on the ruling.
Google acquired Motorola Mobility in 2012 for $12.5 billion, and with it the patents involved in the case. The company’s Android software, which it makes available to handset makers at no cost, is now the world’s top smartphone operating system.
The case at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is Motorola Mobility LLC v. International Trade Commission and Apple, Inc. The case is No. 2012-1666, and involves Motorola's US Patent No. 6,272,333.