ITC to look again at Apple's patent infringement win over Motorola

ITC to look again at Apple's patent infringement win over Motorola
The ITC announced on its web site Wednesday that the entire 6 member panel will review a previous decision made by Judge Thomas Pender. Pender ruled that Motorola Mobility's patent for a proximity sensor that prevents hang ups was not different from a previous invention that prevented accidental dialing. But Motorola Mobility, a wholly owned subsidiary of Google, argued that prior art covered push-button technology while its patent dealt with touch screen devices. The ITC said that its review would focus on Motorola Mobility's use of the words "touch sensitive input device" which was used in its patent.

Because Judge Pender had invalidated Motorola Mobility's patent, he had no choice but to rule that Apple did not infringe on the patent. The entire 6 member panel will now review the decision by Judge Pender with a decision due on April 22nd. If Motorola Mobility does win the case, it can seek a sales ban on the Apple iPhone.

source: ITC via CNET

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16 Comments

1. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

**************OMMFG LET'S GET THIS BAN GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!**************

8. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

someone should really show to the rest of the world, that Apple is so rotten = the proof = look how many haters are here, almost everyone who knows a little about IT so it MUST be based on some facts and it of course is :)

2. 5odead

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Banning the phone would be a little too extreme. Even though they should get a taste of their own medicine.

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Oh yes, please! Let the TRUE innovators win and let apple rot! A sales ban would be MOST welcome!

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple should make peace with the rest and mind their own business. There more news on their lawsuits than their products.

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

^ This.

5. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Screw the ban, but lets bring in the dollars with royalties...smell that moolah. Bans are stupid, royalties are a way to make money off your competition and keep innovating all the same.

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Customer loses no matter who wins :(

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Not quite. We already have information suggesting that Tim Cook isn't a big fan of the patent wars. However, the wars have a ton of momentum that's hard for him to stop. If Motorola and the other manufacturers can gain leverage on Apple, they can likely grind the wars to a stop by giving Cook the excuse he needs to shut down the litigation department of Apple and move on. Guaranteed that the wars will stop the minute Apple stops instigating them.

16. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I'm a firm believer...Don't start nothing, Won't be nothing!

11. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Under Apple, they're not customers.....they're sheep. If Apple loses, the sheep will be set free and they can run free through the meadows xD

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Apple are starting to like digging themselves holes letss see how they get out of this one.....probably buy paying the judge a ridiculous amount of money...

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Dear itc drop this fckn case already &to stop lobbying getting feee money & iprpducts from apple

12. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Grammar and Punctuation checks, please. Aisle 10.

13. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

As much as I would love to see Moto win this and the iPhone banned, for all the trouble Apple has caused. I hope Moto take the higher road and try not to seek a ban on Apple product. Show everyone, unlike Apple, they don't need the court system to sell their products.

15. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If iPhones are banned, customers will eventually have to switch devices. I'd prefer an Android merge, but I really wouldn't care what anyone would switch to--just as long as iPhones are gone.

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