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Preliminary ITC Ruling Upheld As Apple Loses Suit Against Motorola

by Brandon Russell | March 17, 2012March 17, 2012 2:00 pm PST

Motorola and AppleAccording to BusinessWeek, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled against Apple in a lawsuit vs. Motorola Mobility. The ITC concluded the same judgement during a preliminary hearing in January, and found no proof that Moto was guilty of Apple’s claims. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents said that Apple may choose to appeal the decision in a U.S. Federal Circuit Court, similar to what the Cupertino-based company is doing with a suit it lost against HTC. “Chances are that the Federal Circuit will overturn a number of ITC findings in the smartphone-related cases, but it will take time,” Mueller said. Mueller also noted that the drop-out rate of claims at the ITC is “extremely high,” which is why many companies are taking complaints to German courts, as rulings are often achieved far faster and far more favorably. The suit alleged that Motorola infringed upon three Apple patents: a multipoint touchscreen, an “object oriented system locator system,” and an “ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces.”

[via Business Week, FOSS Patents]

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