Apple escapes long-running Google patent lawsuit unscathed

Jacob Siegal
January 10, 2014
Apple escapes long-running Google patent lawsuit unscathed

Although patent feuds continue to dominate the tech news cycle as many stretch indefinitely forward, one battle has finally come to a close. In August 2012, Google-owned Motorola Mobility filed a complaint against Apple stating that the iPhone developer had violated several patents, including one covering signal noise reduction, another involving email notifications and one covering video players. After nearly a year of deliberation, the International Trade Commission ruled last April that Apple was innocent of any infringements. Reuters is now reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the decision, putting an end to the drawn out lawsuit once and for all.

Per the court’s ruling:

The Commission found that the accused mobile devices imported and sold by Apple did not infringe claim 12 of Motorola’s U.S. Patent No. 6,272,333 (“’333 patent”) and that Motorola failed to establish the technical prong of the domestic industry requirement. Because these conclusions of the Commission were supported by substantial evidence, we affirm.

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