ITC Finds Apple in Violation of Motorola Patent

Although much of the spotlight has been on the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, the iPhone maker is also embroiled in litigation with Motorola Mobility. Now that Google has acquired Motorola Mobility, Apple might quickly form a bitter rivalry with the handset maker akin to its relationship with Samsung.

The International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday that Apple is violating a 3G wireless technology patent held by Motorola Mobility, but also dismissed three other patents that Motorola had filed against Apple in the patent infringement lawsuit. The ruling is preliminary and seeks approval from the six-member ITC commission.

“We are pleased that the ALJ’s initial determination finds Apple to be in violation of Motorola Mobility’s intellectual property, and look forward to the full commission’s ruling in August,” Motorola said in an e-mailed statement to CNET.

Apple scolded Motorola Mobility for using this patent against them, claiming that it “was a standards-essential patent for GPRS,” and noting that the handset maker failed to comply with “FRAND” or “fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms” for patent usage. Apple plans to appeal the decision in court.

“We’re glad the court ruled in our favor on three of four patents patents being considered,” the company said in a statement. “The fourth covers industry-standard technology which Motorola has refused to license to Apple on reasonable terms. A court in Germany has already ruled that Apple did not infringe on this patent, so we believe we will have a very strong case on appeal.”


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