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Apple loses ITC dispute with Motorola

updated 06:20 pm EST, Fri January 13, 2012

Apple denied trade complaint versus Motorola

The International Trade Commission in a ruling (PDF) on Friday denied Apple's complaint against Motorola. Administrative Law Judge Theodore Essex didn't explain what the reason for the rejection had been in the case, which had accused Motorola of violating three patents mostly relating to touchscreens. The ruling is an initial one and will require final approval.

Apple can ask for a review of the finding if it likes. The company didn't comment on the initial vedict.

Losing to Motorola is a significant setback for Apple's legal campaign against the Droid designer. It now can't use an ITC finding as a way of speeding up any civil lawsuits. Motorola's own ruling in its counter-complaint with the ITC is expected on April 23 and could exert significant leverage against Apple if successful. Motorola landed a German victory and is likely hoping for a repeat.

Many consider the Motorola dispute one of the first of numerous lawsuits Apple filed in the past two years as part of a proxy war against Android, which the late Steve Jobs thought was inherently stolen technology.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks like the market already passed judgement on

    And the results aren't pretty:,2817,2398532,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    SJ gone,
    and Apple starts loosing lawsuits...

    Comment buried. Show
  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reliance on Lawsuits

    Apple should not try to get a head by suing. They should innovate instead.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ Arne

    Arne! How are you? Happy New Year Buddy :-)
    All the best to you in 2012.

  1. facebook_Gerhard

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    Joined: Jan 2012


    Are you serious

    Apple should innovate! Google, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc., etc., etc.,......all follow, steal, copy whatever Apple has been doing for the past four years. Apple innovates, others steal. Apple should continue for as long as it takes and through whatever means possible to sue the arses of them all.

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