Ruling that Apple did not violate Motorola patent affirmed by appeals courtAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Following a 2013 U.S. International Trade Commission decision that found that Apple was not guilty of infringing upon a Motorola-held patent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld that ruling. The patent in question is number 6,272,333, which is described as a "method and apparatus in a wireless communication system for controlling a delivery of data."
In the process of reaching its decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit says that it relied on two counts of non-infringement by Apple, as well as Motorola's failure to show that the DROID 2 practiced the technical element of the claim that was the focus of its appeal. After examining all of Apple and Motorola's other arguments, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the ITC's ruling.
This lawsuit between Apple and Motorola was originally filed in October 2010, and in April 2013, the ITC issued the determination that Apple had not violated Motorola's patents. Motorola then decided to take its case to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and try its luck with a single claim of one patent, but it looks like the Google-owned firm didn't have much luck there, either. Now it looks like this case is just about done for, and while there are still a number of ongoing lawsuits in the mobile world, it's good to see one of the more long-standing battles coming to an end. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's full ruling can be found at the PDF link below.