Patents

Apple Wins Appeal in Motorola Patent Case

Appeals court rules it didn't infringe on patent owned by Google

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Apple Inc. didn't infringe a patent owned by Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility unit over mobile-phone technology, a U.S. appeals court ruled today.

The ruling, posted on the website of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, affirms a victory Apple won that ensured there would be no disruption to U.S. imports of its iPhone.

Motorola Mobility had unsuccessfully claimed Apple infringed six patents in a case before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The sole patent on appeal involves a way to control the delivery of data to applications on a wireless device. The three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit said the commission was correct to rule that Cupertino, California-based Apple used a different technique.