After finishing a partial revision of the initial decision for the case, the ITC sided with the administrative law judge who ruled that Motorola didn’t violate the three Apple patents. In October 2010, Apple had first struck Motorola back with the ITC complaint claiming that the telecom giant’s Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X, along with some handsets, illegitimately took advantage of its existing multitouch patents. In January, an AJL discovered the Motorola didn’t infringe on the claimed Apple patents. The three patents that were alleged against Motorola referred to the multipoint touchscreen, ellipse fitting for multi-touch surfaces and object-oriented system locator system.
Apple has a right to appeal the decision in the federal court. On the opinion of Florian Mueller with FOSS patents, the company will likely do this, taking into account the fact that the California tech giant is appealing an ITC ruling involving the Asian company HTC that it has partially won.
Google was closely watching the ITC researches mentioned above, as the outcome of each has a direct impact on either the Android OS or the search giant itself, since Google is currently in the process of buying out Motorola for reported $12.5 billion.
In February, Mueller had pointed out that Google filed statements of public interest with the ITC related both to HTC and Motorola investigations as a self-declared “non-party.” An exclusion order from the ITC would reward Apple for claiming patented technologies that are insignificant parts of the accused products at best, Google argued in its statement. The company has also noted that Apple requires no protection from the market forces. Being the largest mobile device vendor, it generated a record $46.33 billion in revenue last quarter, with $13.06 billion in quarterly net profit.