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Apple gets smacked down again

Apple is on the warpath when it comes to protecting its two biggest moneymakers: the iPhone and the iPad. Samsung has been Apple's favorite punching bag [1][2][3][4] [5], but Motorola has seen its fair share of attention from Apple as well. Now Motorola can add another victory to its tally in the fight against Apple.
An Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Motorola's Droid family doesn't infringe upon the following three Apple patents:
U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828 [Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces]
U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607 [Multipoint touchscreen]
U.S. Patent No. 5,379,430 [Object-oriented system locator system]

Not surprisingly, Motorola was quite pleased with the ruling and released the following statement:
We are pleased with today’s favorable outcome for Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to develop technology and build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio. We are proud to leverage this broad and deep portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience.
Apple could not be reached for comment.

Sources: CNET, U.S. ITC

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By ProZach on 1/16/2012 3:55:02 AM , Rating: 2
"...these gavel-wielding people just aren't cool enough to observe a master brand."

Joking aside, I am glad to see Motorola get out from under if only for the simple fact of Android vs. Android competition, and also HTC and the rest. Yes, there is more at stake here than an Apple issue, it will be nice to see the open market actually function as such.

Presently this market has limited interest for me in this current state, I just bought a mobile phone outright that works for me without draining my wallet. My consumer position is to buy a device in the future comparable to those produced nowadays for reasons like: less expensive, less buggy and possibly better subscription/data terms. This is possible because advancements in mobile technology will continue from all sides of competition without hindrance. If patience is not a virtue it's at least a cost saver for the average joe.

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