Apple has won a small victory in its long standing case against Google's Motorola, reports Bloomberg, after the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) upheld an earlier invalidation of a patent that threatened imports of the iPhone 4 into the U.S.

The decision marks the latest instance in which neither Cupertino, California-based Apple nor Google has been able to strike a decisive blow against its competitor in a squabble that began more than two years ago. Each has claimed the other is infringing patents, and Apple accused Motorola Mobility of breaching obligations to license some of its most widely used technology on fair terms.

apple_motorola_logos
Patent No. 6,246,862 references a "sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device," or the sensor in the iPhone that prevents the phone from being activated when close to a user's face.

The dispute between Motorola and Apple began in 2010 after Motorola filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming the Cupertino-based company infringed on eighteen of Motorola's patents. After being acquired by Google, Motorola expanded its charges against Apple, stating that the company violated six patents having to do with iCloud.

The patent that was invalidated today is the final patent in the above mentioned case, with all other charges against Apple previously cleared by the ITC. Google will likely appeal the decision, thus further extending the litigation between the two companies.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Scola chastised Apple and Google for their patent disagreements, stating that the two had "no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute." He gave the companies four months to streamline the case before it would be put on hold.

Top Rated Comments

newagemac Avatar
119 months ago
It seems that there's no end to Apple's new habit of using litigation as a sales & marketing tool. Headlines are something Apple has always used to their advantage. Going forward I'm sure they'll continue to prevail. It's a core strength for them.
Say what??? This is a lawsuit that Motorola/Google brought against Apple. Try paying better attention next time. Nice trolling attempt though. Unfortunately, no one's buying it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rajani Isa Avatar
119 months ago
If you had read my post, you would have seen that I did _NOT_ talk specifically about who sued who, in this... one, of many legal battles Apple is involved in. Some of which they originated, some of which they did not. Only those following Apple closely would know that.

Interesting how you seem to think so highly of yourself, that you can speak for others, then resort to juvenile name calling. Perhaps that's just the tactic it took to make you feel better. If so, good for you :)
The way you posted, however, implied that you thought THIS lawsuit was originated by Apple.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saladinos Avatar
119 months ago
Apple (and Microsoft) have been making a lot of wins lately, and Google and their partners have been suffering a lot of losses.

There's even talk that Microsoft is about to get Google Maps banned in Germany. Apple's win over Samsung was too drawn out (and even now hasn't resulted in an injunction), but this is a real nuclear bomb as far as Google are concerned.

If Google are forced to settle with Microsoft, the whole game is turned on its head. Any deal with inevitably involve a patent royalty attached to Android.

At the same time, Microsoft is about to get a license to Motorola's patents. A US Judge has apparently set a FRAND rate for Motorola's standard-essential patents that MS wasn't already licensed to. Microsoft have already agreed to pay the court-determined rate.

The terms of that are going to be released this Friday. If Apple like them, they can also take a license at that same rate. They could also appeal for a lower rate based on invalidations or whatever if they don't like them.

So yeah, it's heating up.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SockRolid Avatar
119 months ago
Apple: "(yawn...) So what's for lunch?"

Motorola: "Dang. Why can't we win against Apple ever?"

Google: "Is it too late to dump Motorola and get our $12.5 billion back?"
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IJ Reilly Avatar
119 months ago
Say what you like, but it sure beat losing a victory.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
monkor Avatar
119 months ago
Both companies are starting to chafe my cheeks with the litigation storm.

That being said: 'Murica.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
anker 563 dock ports

Anker's Latest USB-C Docking Station Brings Triple-Display Support to M1 Macs

Wednesday May 18, 2022 7:06 am PDT by
While Apple's early M1-based Macs can only officially support a single external display, there are ways around the limitation. Anker is launching a new 10-in-1 USB-C docking station today which delivers just that. The Anker 563 USB-C dock includes two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort port, and it leverages DisplayLink to carry multiple video signals over a single connection. Given that this hub...
apple data auction iphone privacy ad

Apple Highlights iPhone's Latest Privacy Features in New 'Data Auction' Ad

Wednesday May 18, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
Apple today shared a new ad highlighting iPhone privacy features like App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection that are designed to give users more transparency and control when it comes to their personal data being collected. The ad revolves around a young woman named Ellie who discovers that her personal data is being sold at an auction house, with bids being placed on her...
Prosser Series 8 3

Apple Watch Series 8 Rumored to Feature New Design With Flat Display

Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:21 am PDT by
The Apple Watch Series 8 could feature an all-new design with a flat display, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." In his latest video on the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Jon Prosser highlighted information from ShrimpApplePro that suggests the Apple Watch Series 8 could feature a flat display in what seems to be a design originally rumored for the Apple Watch Series 7. ...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
apple ar headset concept 2

Apple's AR/VR Headset Nearing Completion as Board Gets Demo

Thursday May 19, 2022 9:52 am PDT by
Apple last week demonstrated its upcoming AR/VR headset to Apple board members, indicating that the device is in an advanced stage of development and could see a debut in the not too distant future, reports Bloomberg. Apple has also ramped up development of the software that runs on the headset, with that software expected to be called "RealityOS," or rOS for short. Render via designer Ian ...