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ITC Rules Against Apple in Motorola Patent Case

In a preliminary ruling (PDF) today, the ITC ruled that Motorola's smartphones do not violate the Apple patents at issue, though the decision still needs to be approved by the full six-member ITC panel.
On this date, the ALJ issued an initial determination on violation of Section 337 and recommended determination on remedy and bond in the above-referenced investigation. It is held that no violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. § 1337, has occurred in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain mobile devices and related software by reason of infringement of one or more of Claims 1, 2, 10, 11, 24-26, and 29 U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 ("the '828 Patent"), claims 1-7 and 10 of U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 ("the '607 Patent"), and claims 1, 3, and 5 ofthe U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 ("the '430 Patent").
The case goes back to November 2010, when the International Trade Commission agreed to investigate Apple's claims of patent infringement lodged against Motorola.

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30 months ago
I'm glad Apple is losing all these lawsuits. Hopefully it'll teach them a lesson.
Rating: 28 Positives
30 months ago

This is a travesty of justice. I hope AAPL can hire some better lawyers and wipe the floor with these Android companies and send the Roid fanboys back to 'occupying' their parents' basement. Maybe it's time to send the Washington DC lobbyists to outright ban Android.


You know this is prim example of why us apple fans are thought of nothing but blind fanboys who only worship Apple.
Apple been suing with crapents. Example are things like slide to unlock. The slab patent and so on.
Let's see in one us case the judge flat out called apple on their bs. Said that the law suit was not about protecting their ip but about slowing down their competitors also rule against Apple in that case.
Apple is quickly becoming the biggest patent troll in mobile.
Rating: 16 Positives
30 months ago
I just want all these lawsuits to end.
Rating: 11 Positives
30 months ago

This is a travesty of justice. I hope AAPL can hire some better lawyers and wipe the floor with these Android companies and send the Roid fanboys back to 'occupying' their parents' basement. Maybe it's time to send the Washington DC lobbyists to outright ban Android.


Whoa there. Got a little 'Roid Rage?
Rating: 10 Positives
30 months ago
Excellent. Motorola is now free to continue their downward spiral, unfettered.

Keep pushing, Apple. From what we've seen at CES, there is no shortage of targets.
Rating: 9 Positives
30 months ago

Excellent. Motorola is now free to continue their downward spiral, unfettered.

Keep pushing, Apple. From what we've seen at CES, there is no shortage of targets.


I knew you would find some way to make this sound like a positive for Apple.
Rating: 9 Positives
30 months ago

Excellent. Motorola is now free to continue their downward spiral, unfettered.

Keep pushing, Apple. From what we've seen at CES, there is no shortage of targets.


Except there is one thing that Motorola beats Apple hands down at, RF. In a fringe area, a Motorola phone will make a call where the iPhone won't.
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago

You know this is prim example of why us apple fans are thought of nothing but blind fanboys who only worship Apple.


You won't see me lose any sleep over it.


Apple been suing with crapents. Example are things like slide to unlock. The slab patent and so on.


I'm not sure what "crapents" are. PATENTS, however, are . . . patents. They are up for testing in court - one vs. the other. That's how it's done. The results help clarify everyone's position.


Let's see in one us case the judge flat out called apple on their bs. Said that the law suit was not about protecting their ip but about slowing down their competitors also rule against Apple in that case.


Challenging the competition's patents and design decisions in court - putting them to legal tests that are available to everyone, isn't "BS." It's using legal mechanisms that are freely available to everyone. No court to date has told Apple to *stop* their claims. Nor has any court penalized them for doing so.


Apple is quickly becoming the biggest patent troll in mobile.


That would be true if they actually fit the definition.
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago

This is a travesty of justice. I hope AAPL can hire some better lawyers and wipe the floor with these Android companies and send the Roid fanboys back to 'occupying' their parents' basement. Maybe it's time to send the Washington DC lobbyists to outright ban Android.

You don't have a wife and kids do you ?
Rating: 8 Positives
30 months ago
Personally I hope Apple stages a hostile takeover of Google and rids us of Android forever. All but one or two of the higher ups at Google are HUGE fans of Apple and many were proponents of a proposed Apple|Google merger years ago. Anyone with a quarter of a brain can see how much IP has been lifted from iOS for Android.

While I am in favor of competition I see Apple's point of contention in all of this. I mean realistically look at what the average cellphone looked like before the iPhone entered the market. There was no phone with a touch screen and certainly no phone with seemingly nothing but a plate of glass for the front face. Fast forward to 2012 and 3 out of 5 phones looks basically like an iPhone knock off and no court is willing to acknowledge the plainly obvious. Considering how the court system did nothing for Apple after Microsoft poorly reverse engineered the Mac OS way back in the beginning I would think that it would be obvious that the litigation route wouldn't work. At this point I tend to think the legal system is basically a scam tilted in the direction of who has the attorney(s) a particular judge likes unless it's televised where they can't be so obviously biased. The best thing for Apple to do is to get most of the VPs at Google on their side convincing them that Google should get out of the hardware business and partner with Apple for that.
Rating: 7 Positives

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