According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, Apple won the patent infringement lawsuit intended by Google over infringing six patents for the iPhone-related technology.
The commission rules that the big Cupertino-based company did not violate a Google patent when developing and producing their popular iPhone. Initially, Apple was accused of infringing on six Google patents related to the production and iPhone-related technology, which deals with reducing signal noise or programming the device’s touch screen in order to remain dim when the user is talking on the phone. This is also known as the proximity sensor used by various Smartphones in order to prevent users from accidentally activating the touchscreen when talking on the phone.
In case Apple would be found guilty of violating the already mentioned patents, all iPhone devices could have been banned from bring imported within the U.S. since the lawsuit ended in favor for Apple, Google is free to appeal the decision to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The Smartphone field seems to represent only lawsuits and trials in the last period. In what concerns the big Fruit Company, multiple other Smartphone rivals tried intend multiple patent infringement lawsuits over time. Between Android-based Samsung and iOS-based iPhone there will always be something in the middle. The two rivals continue to attack each other by intending various lawsuits.
Related to the patent infringement in the Apple vs. Google case, the patents were acquired by Google for $12.5 billion in 2012 when the company purchased Motorola Mobility. The purchase was mostly meant to acquire its library of telecommunications patents. As the numbers state, Google’s Android operating system has become the most used operating system in the world while iOS software used on all Apple devices is less far behind.
The Motorola Mobility Company acquired by Google accused Apple of violating six of its patents in 2010. Two of the respective patents were removed from the case while the rest of them were not enough to charge Apple of patent infringement. At that time, the International Trade Commission stated that Apple was innocent of infringing the other three patents. In what concerns the last patent violated, meaning the proximity sensor that monitors the location of a user’s head in order to keep it from dealing with the touch screen, the U.S. ITC investigated the case closely. However, it was a matter of time until Apple was declared innocent in the patent infringement lawsuit.
The international trade commission is quite popular among patent infringement lawsuits concerning imported good. The commission offers quick decisions and results pretty quickly.