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Judge in ITC case gives initial determination in favor of Motorola over Apple

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Judge in ITC case gives initial determination in favor of Motorola over Apple
In a case brought by Apple against Motorola Mobility in front of the International Trade Commission, an administrative law judge made an initial determination in favor of Motorola, ruling that the latter did not violate three patents belonging to the Cupertino based firm. Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility said, "We are pleased with today's favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio.  We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience." 

The initial determination by the Administrative Law Judge is just that, an initial ruling. To be entered as a final decision, the entire ITC must review this decision. Apple has been accusing Motorola and other companies of using patents and copying designs from the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad. Motorola has taken Apple to court in Germany accusing the tech titan of infringing on Motorola's patents for existing technology used for synchronization for Apple's iCloud service. The ruling in that case was also in Motorola's favor.

As we told you, Motorola has to decide whether to seek a preliminary injunction that could halt the sale of some Apple products in Germany until a finall decision is made. If Motorola decides to seek an injunction, it will be required to post a bond in case the original decision is overturned. The amount of the bond would be equal to the amount of sales that Apple might lose from the injunction, over time. That works out to $16.2 billion which leads many to expect Motorola and Apple to work out a settlement in that case.

source: Motorola

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posted on 13 Jan 2012, 20:17 13

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm willing to bet that the ITC will also rule in Motorola's favor when the case they have against Apple in the US (which was filed all the way back in 2010) finally makes it to court.

I'm pretty sure we're in the latter half of the patent wars. If nothing else, Apple will want to get ahold of tech like Motorola's super thin battery designs (3300 mAh in a phone 8.99 mm thick?!?!) and, at this stage, is probably realizing that they can't get away with ripping off patents without paying while suing everyone else forever.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 00:27 2

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5955; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not a happy day in Cupertino....

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 09:19

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Dammm Sniggly full today.... as much as the cell companies.. are growing.. everyone is copying everyone... u sound like apple is the only one.... Microsoft collects money almost from every android maker... Apple will lose a few and will win a few...

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 09:48 6

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Gallitokong Motorola was the first company that makes a cell phone. They've been making phones long before Apple have the iPhone. Without them we wouldnt have all these phones we have today.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 01:48

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


And whitout the iphone you wouldnt have a computer in the palm of your hand... Apple didnt invent anything get over that... they just made it better.... they raised the bar for a cellphone... before the iphone.. the cellphones were different.. thats why even pioneer Nokia had to adapt .. thanks to the iphone...

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 11:55

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


PALM PILOTS was a miniature computer BEFORE THE iPhone! AND YOU HAVE A BIG ASS EGO thinking Apple invent everything first but BIG NEWS THEY DIDN'T

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 09:42

15. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Did you set up a hot key to insert ellipses, or do you actually hit the key that many times?

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 20:50 19

2. antmiu2 (Posts: 241; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


hey alan you got the pic wrong .. its Motorola over Apple

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 20:53 7

3. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple is the strongest. He has patented the rectangle with round corners.

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 21:32 6

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6740; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Score a point for Motorola! Im right with you Moto up next is M$. Finally a judge that make sense.

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 21:34 7

5. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Motorola has always been working hard to improve the mobile industry and here comes Apple infringing and claiming others are at fault. Stick to your iPod.... ops sorry that was also a stolen idea. Well damn well that poor guy didn't get a cent for his invention for the music iPod player like device he made, but Apple GAVE home a iPod and said be happy.

posted on 13 Jan 2012, 22:39 5

6. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)


Has anyone presented to the courts that Apple is suing all these companies that make Android phones? HTC, Motorola and Samsung are all in court with Apple, and Apple isn't suing for money or licensing fees, their suing to have the products of those companies taken off the market in a way to destroy Android. So they can control the touchscreen market.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 00:54 7

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5955; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


PA needs a graphic that shows Moto logo throwing a punch at Apple logo with little birds tweeting around Apple logo....

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 04:14 2

10. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


LOL, that sounds funny.

#AsAnAppleFan_I_GattaAdmit_ThatsFunny

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 04:00 5

9. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Ahh.. good stuff.

posted on 14 Jan 2012, 12:26 4

13. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Apple invented nothing, yet they are going after the real innovators in the industry... They will keep losing.

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