The U.S. court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Apple recently, reinstating the company’s complaint against Google-owned Motorola Mobility. The ruling overturns a decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission from March 2012, when the commission dismissed Apple’s complaint against Motorola. Apple appealed the ruling and with the recent decision, the case will proceed as reported by Florian Mueller.
Apple’s original case involved three patents. The appeals court reprimanded the ITC, and reversed its decision on two of the original patents in question, including U.S. Patent No. 7,663,607: "Multipoint touchscreen" and U.S. Patent No. 7,812,828: "Ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces.” According to Mueller:
Today's remand decision gives Apple another opportunity to win a U.S. import ban against the Google subsidiary's Android-based devices, which would have the Android ecosystem at large concerned.
For those of you who didn’t already know, Apple first filed the ITC complaint in October 2010 in response to a Motorola patent attack, alleging that the Droid, Droid 2, Droid X and other smartphones infringed on existing multitouch patents. The subsequent investigation concluded in January when an ALJ found that Motorola were not in violation of the asserted Apple patents.
We’ll have to see what decision the case will lead to and how it will affect the two companies.
Source: FOSS Patents