ITC Judge Smacks Down Google in Patent Suit Against Apple
December 19, 2012 10:06 AM
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Patent could have been used to carry out an import ban on the iPhone
Google Inc. (
) received a blow on Tuesday when
U.S. International Trade Commission
Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender ruled that a patent on proximity sensor behavior belonging to Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility was invalid.
U.S. Patent No. 6,246,862
is one of six utility patents Google
try to ban import
of Apple, Inc.'s (
) iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet. Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch-Erickson in a
remarked, "We're disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options."
Apple and Google are both keen to convince the ITC that the other infringes on its intellectual property, as their suits/countersuits have already been dismissed with prejudice from federal courts three times. In other words the ITC is likely both companies' last hope at banning each others' products in the U.S.
The ITC had previously ruled that three other patents in the case were either invalid or were not infringed upon by Apple products. That leaves only two patents Apple may have infringed upon. The full panel of judges assigned to the case will review these preliminary conclusions and make a final decision on whether to accept or reject Motorola Mobility's request for injunctive relief (a ban on Apple imports).
Google is seeking to ban virtually all Apple's devices [Image Source: Apple]
Google purchase Motorola Mobility in April 2011
for $12.5B USD
. The purchase was
completed earlier this year
, after it was finally greenlighted by regulators in China.
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RE: Are we heading towards a patent-bubble?
12/19/2012 4:07:36 PM
Here's my monthly repost: Just because the first time
saw something was on an Apple product doesn't mean that Apple invented it. Here's multi-touch and pinch to zoom in 1988 (so long ago that any patents on it have expired):
This site is a good intro to the history of touch and multitouch systems. It should give some badly needed perspective to those of you claiming that other companies are "stealing" things from Apple.
The complaint isn't about Apple protecting stuff they invented. It's about Apple taking out patents on stuff which was so commonplace in industry research that nobody thought it was patentable. But surprise the USPTO granted the patents, and now they're suing people for implementing stuff which everyone already knew about and how to do before Apple ever dreamed of making a phone.
Bringing to mass market != inventing.
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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