ITC rules in favor of Motorola in a patent lawsuit against Apple
Apple had filed a lawsuit with the US International Trade Commission against Motorola Mobility claiming infringement in three of its patents. ITC’s preliminary injunction has ruled in favor of Motorola, claiming that Motorola has not infringed any of the three Apple’s patents. This preliminary injunction will not be final until it’s voted by the six member ITC committee. The ITC has become a favorite battle ground for smartphone law suits as it has the power to ban the import of potentially infringing products. Companies can also fight legal battles outside ITC in parallel and ITC has been used as a fast track court to stop infringers.
Steve Jobs had told his biographer that “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Apple’s attack on the Android hardware partners has been largely motivated by Jobs anger, and this lawsuit is one of the small attacks on Google’s partners.
This ruling could have impact on Apple’s attack on Android partners, as ITC has ruled against one of the key “multipoint touchscreen” patent that was in question. Apple is using the same patent against many Android products worldwide. As a result of this ruling other lawsuit’s happening worldwide will be influenced to rule against Apple.
This will be good news to Google as it is soon expected to complete the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Google has come out in full support of its hardware partners, by selling or licensing them with patents that they can use against Apple. If Motorola is able to shun off all the attacks from Apple it will be double boost to Google and other Android partners.