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Apple iPhone Violates Motorola Wi-Fi Patent

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Apr 24, 2012, 12:52 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The U.S. International Trade Commission today ruled that Apple's iPhone infringes on a single Motorola Mobility patent pertaining to Wi-Fi, though it cleared Apple of violating three others. The ruling was determined by a single judge. The full ITC commission will review the judge's decision in the months to come before it could have any legal impact on Apple's iPhone. Motorola and Apple have sued one another in several jurisdictions regarding patent infringement. If the commission upholds the judge's ruling, it could prevent Apple from importing the infringing devices into the U.S.

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Apr 24, 2012, 4:35 PM

"could prevent Apple from importing the infringing devices into the U.S."

"If the commission upholds the judge's ruling, it could prevent Apple from importing the infringing devices into the U.S."

That is so wrong it's crazy. I mean, theoretically,...in the far future, in another universe, they MAY prevent it...but that won't happen. Even if Apple's main job supply is that in China, the US gov will see that Apple is an essential business and will keep them right on importing. And, even if/when they make changes, most of the devices will be already imported and Apple will change the ones prior to importing to make sure they don't have that one infractioning piece.

Either way, nothing will happen. Other than a HUGE waste of tax-payer money for companies to argue which came first: chicken or egg.
There is one thing we are all not focusing on is HOW Apple is infringing. If it is something more software related, all it would take would be a simple update to nullify the infringing problems, if however, it is more architectural, Apple may have qui...
How silly of me and the courts and the government to think otherwise. Thanks for reminding us, HatesBlackberrys!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Patents are granted on a first-come, first-received basis. Motorola patented whichever Wi-Fi elements/technology it did before Apple did. Apple was late in applying and used the same technology in their phone...
I agree with you "HatesBlackberrys". It'll never happen. Apple is unfortunately too important to the ecosystem of cellular right now. But, I do think Apple should have a hefty fine to pay. On the other hand Aplle is constantly trying the same thing...

Apr 24, 2012, 2:23 PM

Holy Snap...

I figured there would be settlements...but to possibly completely cease importing a bread and butter product to the US could very severely damage Apple...bet their investors aren't going to be happy about this!

Also...what does this mean for previous devices already activated and in a customer's hands that is violating this patent? Will they have to be replaced by Apple?!
I doubt if anything already in consumer's hands would need to be replaced, but this is sweet. Apple getting a taste of their own medicine. Perhaps they'll reconsider their Sue-happy strategy.
I don't think that Google/Motorola actually want to force Apple's products off the market....I think the goal is to force Apple to back off...basically saying 'hey Apple, want us to back off and let you sell your products? Drop you lawsuits against A...
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