In an attempt to not bore you with the ongoing patent war that Apple has waged against anyone who manufactures an Android phone, we will cut straight to the point here. Thankfully this time – unlike in HTC’s most recent case – we have good news. The ITC (International Trade Commission) has ruled that Motorola does not violate any of 3 patents that Apple included in the suit. The case was originally started back in 2010, suffered through a ruling delay, and is now finding an initial determination. I’m hesitant to say that we should all run around flippin’ the bird to anyone with an Apple product, because Moto has made it clear that this is an “initial” ruling. Definitely good news though.
The brief statement from Motorola is below.
Motorola Mobility Comments on Initial Determination from ITC
ALJ determines that Motorola Mobility does not violate Apple’s patents
Jan. 13, 2012
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Jan. 13, 2012 – Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) (“Motorola Mobility”) today announced that it has received notice that the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) in the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) action brought by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) against Motorola Mobility has 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.
“We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility,” said Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of 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.”