Apple to reinstate patent infringement claim against Motorola Mobility


Apple’s patent infringement cases in the courts around the world are against almost all other smart phone manufacturers, and if any of the cases come to an end without a win for Apple, the Cupertino based tech giant just tries to do it all over again. This is also the situation with the patent infringement case against Motorola Mobility.

The Cupertino based iPhone maker had sued Motorola Mobility, Google’s subsidiary, for infringing the company’s patent for touchscreen displays. The company’s attorney, Joshua Rosenkranz of Orrick Herrington in New York, told a three- judge panel that the patent was for “a key invention and it drove the iPhone phenomenon and later the iPad. It claims something that no one had ever done.” The attorney also mentioned the importance of the patent to the company and that it was called the “magical touchscreen” when the original iPhone was released.

Motorola Mobility had already convinced the ITC that out of the two patents that Apple had brought into the case that pertained to the touch screen technology in question, one was invalid and the other patent was not infringed on. Phone Arena writes, “The ITC rulings covered transparent screens that can handle multiple touches in different locations, that allow people to use a mobile phone by swiping or touching the screen.” ITC lawyer Megan Valentine defended the ruling made by ITC by saying that even before Apple got its patent, Sony already had a similar patent for touch screen technology called the Smart Skin. She also said that the algorithms used in Sony’s patent and Apple’s were “nearly identical.”

“Motorola described Apple’s description of how it came up with its invention as “equal parts fiction, hyperbole, and litigation-inspired hindsight,” and added that the parts for the iPhone existed before Apple came up with its smartphone, and that Apple borrowed heavily from others to develop the phone.”

On 22nd April, the ITC will make a decision whether Apple has infringed one of Motorola Mobility’s patent for proximity sensors which lets the device calculate the distance between itself and the user’s body so that it does not dial a number accidentally. If the result goes in favour of Motorola, it will lead to a ban on Apple’s products.

Source: Phone Arena

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