updated 02:00 pm EDT, Tue April 24, 2012
ITC hands Motorola partial win in Apple dispute
Motorola won an at least temporary victory from the International Trade Commission on Tuesday. The agency found (PDF) that Apple had infringed on one of four patents Motorola had leveled, covering a Wi-Fi implementation. As with other ITC disputes, the determination still faces a review that could reverse the decision.
Apple is expected to appeal the ruling if upheld, but didn't have an immediate comment.
The trade dispute side of legal proceedings has worked mostly against Apple so far. It lost its own claim and, with the Motorola win, faces a possible trade or sales ban. Most ITC cases are used to both speed up civil lawsuits, where monetary damages leave a potential payoff, or to force a settlement.
Apple has been facing the prospect of settlements for disputes involving Samsung as well, which could lead to a relatively quick end if neither side insists on an absolute ban.