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Motorola Calls Off ITC Apple iPad, iPhone Patent Infringement Action

October 2, 2012

apple-logo-gray.jpgCalifornia - Motorola Mobility LLC said this week it will no longer pursue its Section 337 case in the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block Apple Inc.'s importation and sale of wireless electronics devices like iPods and iPhones that allegedly infringe the Google Inc. subsidiary's patents.

Motorola also filed a stipulation of dismissal in a related case pending in Delaware federal court. The decision to drop the cases comes just a few weeks after the ITC said it would take up Motorola's complaint and launched an investigation.

Motorola's complaint against Apple alleged violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain wireless communication devices, portable music and data processing devices, computers, and components that infringe Motorola's asserted patents. The company requested that the ITC issue an exclusion order and a cease and desist order.

The products at issue include the iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad, as well as the Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Allegedly infringing features include the iPhone's Siri voice assistant feature, location reminders, video players and email notifications.

The specific patents Motorola cites in the complaint include U.S. Patent Numbers 5,883,580, 5,922,047, 6,425,002, 6,983,370, 6,493,673, 7,007,064 and 7,383,983.
The '580 patent generally relates to messaging devices, the '047 patent relates to communication and control systems for multimedia, the '002 patent and '673 patent relate to communication devices, and the '370 patent relates to communications systems for messaging clients. The '064 patent relates to wireless communications systems providing content to wireless communication devices, while the '983 patent relates to managing content between devices.

"We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple's unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers' innovations," a Motorola representative said at the time the company filed its Section 337 complaint in August.

Another earlier-filed Section 337 case Motorola is asserting against Apple remains pending before the ITC.