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ITC Clears Apple of Patent Infringement

Motorola and its parent Google can appeal to the Federal Circuit and Google said it was evaluating its options

A panel of the six commissioners at the International Trace Commission Monday tossed out a Motorola claim that Apple's iPhone 4 was in patent violation, foiling its attempt to get the widget banned in America.

Motorola and its parent Google can appeal to the Federal Circuit and Google said it was evaluating its options.

Apple was absolved of infringing the fourth of four remaining Motorola patents in the suit, which the ITC ultimately found invalid for want of novelty and obviousness.

It was about sensors and programming touch screens so a user's head doesn't interfere while talking on the phone.

Motorola started with six patents covering IP stuff like signal noise.

The Federal Circuit has already been asked to attest to the validity of three other Motorola patents the ITC threw out.

Motorola filed suit before it was acquired by Google for $12.4 billion mostly for its patents, which haven't proved that valuable.

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