Google might not get what it seeks for: U.S. ITC dropped 3 Moto patents out of the fresh Apple case
Recently Bloomberg reported that Google owned Motorola filed a lawsuit against Apple at U.S. International Trade Commission – yes, this time Apple is directly sued by Google. Moto claimed that Apple infringed seven of its patents that includes in features like location reminders, e-mail notification, video player.. even Apple’s Siri voice recognition program. Google demanded to ban iPhone, iPad and Apple computer imports to U.S.
On 24 August, the commission has put on a notice on its website in which three Moto patents in this lawsuit namely US#6,246,697, US#6,246,862 and US#62,72,333 that are related to wireless technologies are dropped out in consideration of the argument of U.S Federal Trade Commission, members of Congress and Intel that there should not be import ban issues for “standard-essential patents” like the three above. Removal of these three patents from the infringement case reduced the chances of Apple devices getting ban on imports.
Apple has already won its patent fight against Samsung, and it’s already been a bit favored in this case. It seems ITC’s building “patent-peace” – the commission said that essential technology standard patents would be treated differently than other patents in ITC cases. The full decision isn’t yet publicly available, but is likely to be soon available.
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