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Apple Loses Patent Dispute Against Motorola Mobility

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Apple has lost an interim ruling after it sued Motorola Mobility for infringing three of its patents. The Administrative Law Judge at the US ITC issued the issued an initial determination. The ALJ ruled in favor of Motorola Mobility, finding no violation for any of the three Apple patents listed in Apple's suit.

The decision has to be ratified by the full Commission, but it is very rare for it to disagree with Administrative Law Judge's declarations, although Apple can still appeal against the preliminary ruling.

"We are pleased with today's favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility," said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility, unsurprisingly.

As noted by Foss Patents, of the three patents in dispute, it is the "607 patent" which is most important to both parties as it is broad enough to make it very difficult for any company to develop a multi-touch touchscreen phone without infringing the patent.

The formal judgment in the Motorola case is expected to be given in May.

On the web: Foss Patents - US ITC

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