Apple did not infringe upon Motorola patent, rules ITC judge

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: December 18, 2012

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Just one day after some decisions were handed down in the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge has made a preliminary ruling in a case between Apple and Motorola. Judge Thomas Pender today issued an initial determination stating that Apple's iPhone does not infringe upon a Motorola patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862, which relates to proximity sensor tech. Along with that decision, the judge said that the patent is invalid. As is usually the case with these ITC preliminary rulings, Judge Pender's decision will now be reviewed by the full six-person commission of the ITC.

In response to today's ruling, a Motorola spokesperson told Bloomberg that the company is "disappointed" with the decision and that it's weighing its options for where to go from here. While an Apple spokesperson said that the company had no comment on the matter, I'm sure that the Cupertino firm is pleased with Pender's decision after if failed to get any of the permanent injunctions that it sought against Samsung products yesterday. The brief version of Judge Pender's ruling has been shared by CNET and can be found below:

Via CNET, Bloomberg

ITC ruling (Apple/Motorola)