Appeals Court: Apple’s iPhone Does Not Infringe on Motorola’s Patent


Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has scored yet another victory in the ongoing smartphone patent war against Motorola, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington upheld an earlier decision made by the International Trade Commission that Apple’s iPhone does not infringe on technology covered by a Motorola patent, reports Reuters.

“We’re disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our options,” said Motorola in a statement via Reuters. As noted by Bloomberg, although Motorola is now owned by Google, the patent-infringement case originated with a lawsuit that was filed before the company was acquired by Google for around $12.5 billion in 2012. In 2010, Motorola sued Apple over its alleged infringement of six smartphone-related patents, including one that disables the touchscreen to prevent inadvertent phone interaction when it is near the user’s head.

However, the ITC ruled last year that Apple’s iPhone did not infringe on any of those patents. Google’s Motorola was subsequently able to take one of its patent-infringement claims to the appeals court. According to the ruling posted on the U.S. Court of Appeals website, the patent in dispute is titled, “Method and apparatus in a wireless communication system for controlling a delivery of data.” The court only addressed one claim in the patent that covered a method for “controlling a delivery of data from a fixed portion of the wireless communication system” to the applications on a “subscriber unit.”