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Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned in U.S. following ITC patent review

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Apple iPhone and Apple iPad could be banned in U.S. following ITC patent review
What goes around, comes around. Karma, payback, revenge. There are a lot of words to describe what might happen to Apple if the ITC takes certain steps following a review of an April ruling on a patent infringement case involving Motorola Mobility and Apple. The review is the next step necessary down the long and winding road that could end up with a U.S. ban on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. After all, it was Apple that was allegedly behind the ITC exclusion order that kept a couple of Android phones from entering the States. And while they weren't Motorola Mobility phones, they were two high-end Android models and let's not forget that Motorola Mobility is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Google.

Diagram from the patent allegedly infringed upon by Apple

Diagram from the patent allegedly infringed upon by Apple

Apple finds itself in this state because back in April Judge Thomas Pender ruled that the Cupertino based firm infringed on one out of four Motorola Mobility patents that the court was examining. The patent at the heart of the matter was issued to Motorola Mobility back in 2001, No. 6,246,697 for a "Method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access signal" and deals with the wireless chips to be used for Wi-Fi applications.

The review is happening because both Apple and Motorola Mobility have filed petitions relating to claim construction, validity and infringement and Apple is trying to use FRAND licensing policies to argue that the patent at issue should not even be enforced. Apple has received some support from other companies about the FRAND issue and tech giants like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Nokia and Verizon have sent letters to the ITC supporting the Cupertino based firm's position.

In April 2010, Motorola Mobility sued Apple claiming infringement on a number of patents relating to wireless communications. Apple filed a countersuit with the ITC, which ultimately cleared Motorola Mobility this past March.

Even though Judge Pender threw out the claims made by Motorola Mobility on three patents, the ITC is actually reviewing all four including the '697 patent. Apple and Motorola will reply to questions raised by the six-member commission in the next few weeks with a final decision due in August.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:11 51

1. RevKBA (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


That would be such poetic justice.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:40 33

15. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Poor Apple :p But let's reserve the celebration until after the final judgement! (stares with evil eyes)

Let the DRUM tROLL begin. :p Badum tsssss :)

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 01:38

38. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Burning question: how many patents does Apple has FRAND? That is a real serious question I ask.

And that is the real question some folks should ask.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 03:06 15

47. matrix_neo (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


You have one thumbs down, I'm sure it's either taco or gallitoking lol

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:35 4

83. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


no THIS WOULD BE AWESOME

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 18:11

118. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


lets be realistic here, this is not gonna happen

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 01:04 1

127. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Why do Majority of People Love Apple Products? Because it's very easy to use, super simple, boring for those advanced tech people. People do not buy Android devices because they think they're hard to use, and hype itself. An Android device is not hard to use *well unless if you have a low IQ on gadgets, yeah maybe* Apple is very simple and easy to use, thus making it the "all age" product, ugh...my goodness even my grandmother can use one, that's how freaking easy it is. Android is for the advance users who know how to tweak+customize their phone like a boss.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:13 41

2. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Karma.....is a bitch. Lol. Lol...evil laughing. Lol

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 23:33 9

27. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


And the sad part is, Nokia is filing for support of apple, when they themselves sued them over wireless standard patents and were seeking product bans.

Nokia went from a cool company to being run by a MS lapdog.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:15 28

3. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The moment of truth has come: can the ITC think for itself, or is it just Apple's lapdog?

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 23:05 8

21. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


lapdog I bet

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:16 2

4. KParks23 (Posts: 639; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


WTF just ban everything and make everyone turn there smartphones in for bag phones and be done with this BS!!!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:03 4

80. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1173; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Apple started the war now it's their turn to bask in ban land

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:17 19

5. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Oh please oh please oh please oh please. That would be GLORIOUS! Apple gets its just desserts, ignorant shoppers learn more truths about apple ( not made in the U.S., blatant theft), the poor workers at foxconn might get a break of sorts, and some of the OEMs who have been banned get some satisfaction

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:22 6

9. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


That is, only if this applies to apple. Let the other companies work out an arrangement but apple gets banned

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:12 1

100. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Obviously just like we don't want Apple banning Android, the same goes for Apple. These devices push each other and ALL need to exist, even windows phones lol. Sure, Apple has been pathetic in their attempts at thermonuclear war agaisnt android for no effin reason but that man is dead and Cook seems a lot more reasonable... live and let live.. lol when I am the voice of reason when it comes to Apple/Android debate!

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:19 4

6. biophone (Posts: 1974; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Standard essential patents will be covered over frand no need worry about this.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:30 8

11. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


yeah, and standard design patent should not be granted at all..

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:47 1

16. biophone (Posts: 1974; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I don't get how your comment relates to mine but ok. Whats a standard design patent anyway. Enlighten me.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:20 19

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Those two products can burn in hell. Apple gets whatever happens to them in the future. They wanted thermonuclear war, well they just got it.

+1 for Android so far.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 22:22 19

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I want to see taco's and gallito's reaction to this. :)

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 00:11 6

34. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


it woulnt happen.. so stop the nonsense,,so have fun fandroids it will never happen

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 00:58 12

35. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Why cant it happen? Apple has bribed the itc i guess. Thats what they do. You're so sure so you must know. And...................................... apple sucks

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 04:37 1

51. MISTER-H (banned) (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Yes it will. You should worry. Apple the bribe patent steal.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 04:56 5

57. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


die you apple pie fanboy

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 05:12 4

59. wendygarett (unregistered)


you should be happy gallito... you will be the exclusive one who hold an iphone if iphone really banned... just like blackberry user... still in positive mind... at least you have experinced ios unlike other so just be positive :D

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:36 2

84. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


then u should stop YOUR non sense on how ANDROID copies. this isn't OS releated it's over tech related on 3G

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:34 1

102. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


who cares who copied who?... the iphone will never be banned in the U.S.. the iphone is the most used cell phone in the U.S the government will never allow it.. Apple is too powerful here and money talks.. ask Paris Hilton and every other celebrity that pass go and never reach jail

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 16:53 1

110. hepresearch (unregistered)


Yep, you all know it. Apple can buy their way into anything they want... +1 to gallito for the courage to admit that he knows it, too.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 19:53 2

124. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Who cares who coped who... it's funny how you mentioned that. You should tell taco that.

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