The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal
Circuit upheld a decision by the International Trade Commission
in April that Apple did not violate a Google patent to make the
The smartphone industry has seen dozens of lawsuits on several
continents as Apple vies for market share with companies that
make smartphones using Google's Android software.
"We're disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our
options," Google unit Motorola said in a statement. Apple had no
comment on the decision.
Motorola Mobility accused Apple in 2010 of infringing on six of
its patents covering technology such as reducing signal noise
and programming the device's touch screen so a user's head does
not accidentally activate it while talking on the phone. The ITC
ruled in April 2013 that Apple did not violate any of the six.
The appeals court addressed just one of the six patents.
Google acquired the patents in the case — and the lawsuit — when
it purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012, partly
for its library of telecommunications patents.
Google's Android software, which the company lets handset makers
use for free, has become the world's No. 1 smartphone operating
system, ahead of the iOS software used on Apple iPhones.
The ITC, a U.S. trade panel that investigates patent
infringement involving imported goods, is a popular venue for
patent lawsuits because it can bar the importation of infringing
products and because it issues decisions relatively quickly.
The case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is
Motorola Mobility LLC v. International Trade Commission and
Apple, Inc. The case is No. 2012-1666.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; editing
by Doina Chiacu and Sandra Maler)
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