Motorola Mobility owns some of the most precious and significant patents related to wireless communications. Despite that, the company was unable to nab Apple over alleged patent infringement charges. An ITC judge has ruled out any infringement of Motorola’s patents by Apple.
Motorola Mobility had launched a lawsuit against Apple claiming that in implementing a sensor which determines the position of a person’s head in relation to the handset, Apple has violated one of the former’s patents.
Apple, naturally, retaliated by stating that it didn’t infringe any patent in implementing the said sensor. It was then up to the court to decide whether or not Motorola’s claims were based on truth. As it turns out, the ITC judge Thomas Pender certainly doesn’t seem to side with Motorola on this one.
He has ruled that Apple’s iPhone doesn’t infringe the patents cited by Motorola. The ruling that he has given has yet to be reviewed by a full commission which may accept or reject it based on its own evaluation.
Motorola Mobility is, naturally, not very happy with the judgement and a spokesperson for the company dished out a statement saying, “We’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options.”
Interestingly, Apple has also recently lost a case against Motorola over alleged patent infringement. Apple has now appealed the decision at the U.S. Court of Appeals. In other words, the legal battle is dragging on and is far from over between Apple and Google owned Motorola Mobility.