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Apple, Motorola can sue each other over patents, appeals court says

updated 03:01 pm EDT, Fri April 25, 2014

Overturns ruling recommending licensing over injunctions

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a ruling tossing out an Apple v. Motorola lawsuit over smartphone patents, says Bloomberg. Earlier, Circuit Judge Richard Posner scrapped a trial after ruling damage testimonies from the two companies inadmissible. In his decision he argued that even a victor wouldn't be entitled to an injunction against product sales; licensing was recommended instead.

The reversal was overseen by three judges, two whom agreed that Motorola wasn't entitled to block Apple sales because the harm could be solved with money. Chief Judge Randall Rader, meanwhile, identified evidence that Apple was an unwilling licensee. Collectively the judges ruled that Posner was wrong to say neither company could claim damages, and that while they supported some of Posner's intepretations of the patents involved, they believe he was in error on a patent involving touchscreen technology.

Apart from that item, two other Apple patents are at stake in the case: one involving audio/video streaming, and another granting options when making phone calls. Motorola has charged Apple with violating another three patents, all connected to data transmission. The appeals court has affirmed an earlier decision that Apple didn't infringe two of those patents.



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  1. Charles Martin

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    (sarcasm) Yay, more lawsuits! (/sarcasm)

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