ITC ruling leaves one patent on table in Apple-Motorola dispute
by Elinor Mills
The U.S. International Trade Commission rules that Apple did not violate three Motorola patents, but it sends a fourth patent back to the judge to reconsider.
The country’s top trade agency handed Apple a mixed ruling today in its dispute with Google-owned Motorola Mobility over patents covering 3G wireless technology.
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Apple did not violate three Motorola patents, including one that a judge had found the company to be infringing. But the agency sent a fourth patent — which the judge had initially said had not been infringed — back to the judge to reconsider.
Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Thomas Pender will have to re-examine the issues with regard to the so-called “‘862 patent” related to a sensor that determines how close a mobile communications device is to a user’s head. “The Commission remands the investigation to the ALJ to consider the issues of infringement, validity, and the domestic industry requirement for the ‘862 patent,” the ITC order says. (PDF)