ITC Says It Will Formally Investigate Motorola’s Patent Complaint Against Apple
Almost exactly a month ago, Google's Motorola Mobility filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington. Today, the ITC announced its decision to institute a formal investigation of Motorola's claims. The suit, which aims to block Apple from importing virtually all of its current hardware to the U.S., alleges that Apple's devices are infringing upon seven Motorola patents. It's worth noting that this lawsuit wouldn't affect the upcoming iPhone 5, the older iPhone 4S, and the new iPad with 4G connectivity, as these devices use different chipsets that fall outside of Motorola's patent claims.