A U.S. International Trade Commission judge recently ruled in favor of defendants Apple, Intel and HP in a case pertaining to processor patent technology previously asserted by a small technology firm by the name of X2Y Attenuators LLC. In his ruling, ITC Administrative Law Judge David Shaw not only cleared the three companies of any wrongdoing, but determined the patents asserted by X2Y to be invalid.

The complaint was originally filed by the Erie, Pa. company in June 2011 as they sought an import ban over Intel’s alleged infringement of three energy conditioning patents. Machines specifically cited in the initial claim included Apple’s 27-inch Core i3 iMac and HP’s TouchSmart 610 Series PC, while Intel’s Core i7-950 3.06 Ghz LGA1366 Desktop Processor was also named. In response to the allegations, members of Congress sent letters to the ITC in support of Intel, urging the Commission to not issue an import ban.

X2Y released a statement regarding the letters:

Intel did not take a license, but appears to have adopted X2Y’s technology anyway. X2Y is willing, and has always been willing, to provide Intel with a license at a reasonable rate similar to that paid by its other licensees for their manufacture and use of X2Y technology.
Based on the X2Y’s website, the company doesn’t manufacture hardware and instead licenses its technology to OEMs and other part makers. As far as the recent judgment, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy had the following to say: “Needless to say we are gratified with this result. We said all along that we don’t believe our products infringe and we questioned the validity of the patents.” On the other hand, the law firm representing X2Y, Alston & Bird LLP, disagrees with the ruling and said it will request an official review in the near future.

Apple seems to be on a roll with these patent cases ending in their favor as this case seems to be the second case ruling in their favor, two days in a row.

Source: Wall Street Journal