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Report: Motorola filed for ITC appeal in August Apple loss

updated 07:07 pm EDT, Thu November 1, 2012

Motorola attempting to overturn August 24 ruling on three patents

A recently-made-public document from the US International Trade Commission shows that Motorola Mobility filed a notice of appeal with the Federal Circuit on September 19. Motorola is appealing the ITC opinion from August 24 in which the trade standards body found that Apple did not violate three of Motorola's asserted patents, with one remaining patent of the original four being sent to a judge for a ruling.

Two of the the three patents Motorola has sent to appeals are 802.11 Wi-Fi-related patents, with the third one deemed essential to 3G/UTMS. The fourth patent Apple may (or may not) be in violation of is US Patent number 6,246,862, covering a "sensor controlled user interface for portable communication device." The patent addresses the sensor installed in the top of the phone, preventing accidental activation of touchscreen items when the phone is up to the user's ear for a phone call.

As a result of the ITC hearings, Motorola and Google are being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for violations of fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing of standards-essential patents. Motorola filed another complaint against Apple asserting seven patents related to Siri, location reminders, email notification, and phone video players.

by MacNN Staff



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