ITC Judge Says Apple Infringes on Motorola Patent

Posted April 24, 2012 at 6:09pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 4498 views

ITC Judge Thomas Pendor says Apple infringed on one of the four patents brought against the company by Motorola, reports AllThingsD.

The patent is #6,246,697 a "Method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access signal."

"We are pleased that the ALJ's initial determination finds Apple to be in violation of Motorola Mobility's intellectual property, and look forward to the full commission's ruling in August," Motorola said in a statement to AllThingsD. "Our commitment to innovation is a primary reason why we are an industry-leader in intellectual property, and our focus continues to be on building on this strong foundation to enhance the user experience."

Apple believes this ruling isn't a big deal since it beat three of the four patents and the fourth Motorola refused to license under fair and reasonable terms.

"We're glad the court ruled in our favor on three of four patents patents being considered," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told AllThingsD. "The fourth covers industry-standard technology which Motorola has refused to license to Apple on reasonable terms. A court in Germany has already declared this patent invalid, so we believe we will have a very strong case on appeal."

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NoGoodNick - April 24, 2012 at 11:06pm
While I feel bad about small companies whose work has been stolen over the years (think of the inventor of the windshield wiper), most of these 'patents' should never have been granted in the first place, and now most of corporate America is more involved with filing patent lawsuits than it is in developing better products. Personally, I'd prefer innovation. The last thing we need are more lawyers getting rich by holding technology back.
Kornmehl - April 24, 2012 at 7:58pm
Flippin' Yanks sure seem to have a lot of legal problems.
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