ITC judges says Motorola Android phones not violating 3 Apple patents

Motorola has filed an injunction against Apple, claiming the iPhone 4S and iCloud infringe on six different patents. The six patents included in the suit are:

  • U.S. Patent No. 5,710,987 on a "receiver having concealed external antenna"
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,754,119 on a "multiple pager status synchronization system and method"; Motorola is asserting the European equivalent of this patent against Apple in Mannheim, with a decision (that will likely be favorable for Motorola) scheduled for Friday of next week (February 3, 2012)
  • U.S. Patent No. 5,958,006 on a "method and apparatus for communicating summarized data"
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,101,531 on a "system for communicating user-selected criteria filter prepared at wireless client to communication server for filtering data transferred from host to said wireless client"
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,008,737 on an "apparatus for controlling utilization of software added to a portable communication device"
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,377,161 on a "method and apparatus in a wireless messaging system for facilitating an exchange of address information"

Motorola already has a suit against Apple from the fall of 2010 that's still on-going in the Florida court system. It was too late in the process for them to add these patents to the current case. They've instead opted to file it as a separate case. Since these new filings occurred following Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, it probably means that Google authorized Motorola to go ahead with the litigation. Since there's already a suit pending on some of these patents, the second trial may move quicker unless new claims are made. It seems typical for companies to go after patents they've already filed for infringement on as the process moves along a lot faster.

All of the above patents are being asserted against the iPhone 4S while two of them are also being asserted upon iCloud.

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Source: Foss Patents