Just when you thought the Apple patent squabbles were over, along comes an appeal court to revive a case against Motorola Mobility.
Back in 2010, Apple claimed that Motorola’s Android smartphones infringed on several of its patents for multitouch displays. The International Trade Commission initially ruled in Motorola’s favor a few months after Apple kicked off the case, and in March of last year the ITC issued a final ruling saying Motorola didn’t infringe on Apple’s patents.
But today, an appeals court has overturned that ITC ruling and has asked for another investigation. A deeper dive into Apple’s multitouch patents could end up being a good thing for Apple. Since the case is so old by this point, judgements would only affect older Motorola devices like the Xoom tablet. (There’s also a chance Apple could argue that newer Motorola devices also infringe on its patents.)
This particular case came long before Google bought Motorola. A separate case between the two companies was also thrown out last year after neither company was able to properly argue damages.
Below, check out today’s ruling:
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