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Apple escapes long-running Google patent lawsuit unscathed

Published Jan 10th, 2014 12:38PM EST
Apple Google Patent Lawsuit Decision Upheld

Although patent feuds continue to dominate the tech news cycle as many stretch indefinitely forward, one battle has finally come to a close. In August 2012, Google-owned Motorola Mobility filed a complaint against Apple stating that the iPhone developer had violated several patents, including one covering signal noise reduction, another involving email notifications and one covering video players. After nearly a year of deliberation, the International Trade Commission ruled last April that Apple was innocent of any infringements. Reuters is now reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the decision, putting an end to the drawn out lawsuit once and for all.

Per the court’s ruling:

The Commission found that the accused mobile devices imported and sold by Apple did not infringe claim 12 of Motorola’s U.S. Patent No. 6,272,333 (“’333 patent”) and that Motorola failed to establish the technical prong of the domestic industry requirement. Because these conclusions of the Commission were supported by substantial evidence, we affirm.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.