U.S International Trade Commission dismissed Apple’s accusations against Motorola Mobility that the smaller cell phone maker infringed three of Apple’s patents. Judge Theodore Essex was the one deciding that Motorola, that is going to be owned by Apple’s main rival Google, hasn’t violated Apple’s intellectual property.
The first strike in this legal battle belongs to Motorola. In October 2010 the company accused Apple of stealing technologies that were integrated in iPhone, iPad and MacBook. Apple stroke back accusing Motorola’s smartphones Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, BackFlip, Devour and Charm of using Apple owned patents.
On of the accusations is for a patent used “for devices that can react to different types of manual input, such as tapping, sliding or pinching”. Other patent that Apple declared to protect is “for a touch panel that can recognize multiple touches by the fingers of a user.,” while a third one is “or a way to add components without having to run an installation program or rebooting.” The details were published by Bloomberg which also reveals the date of expiration for each of the Apple patents.