Legal News

FTC Enters the Field in Support of Apple
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Wednesday, the FTC entered the patent battlefield in support of Apple and said that Google unit Motorola Mobility does not have the right to ask a court to stop the sale of Apple iPhones and iPads, which are allegedly infringing a Motorola patent essential to wireless technology.

Earlier in June, Judge Richard Posner had thrown out cases on the issue that Motorola and Apple had brought against each other, as the patent at issue was a standard essential patent, and has to be licensed according to FRAND or fair and reasonable terms. However, both companies appealed against Posner’s decision.

Posner had also barred Motorola from seeking a ban on iPhone sales.

  
What
Where


Google appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. However, the FTC made a court filing opining that Posner was correct in his ruling. In its Amicus brief for Apple, FTC said, “Patent hold-up risks harming competition, innovation, and consumers because it allows a patentee to be rewarded not based on the competitive value of its technology, but based on the infringer’s costs to switch to a non-infringing alternative when an injunction is issued.”

In the industry, standard essential patents, also termed as SEPS, have to follow fair and reasonable licensing terms because they are essential to allow devices made by different companies to work together.

The case is Apple Inc. and NeXT Software Inc. V. Motorola Inc. and Motorola Mobility Inc., in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, no. 2012-1548, 2012-1549.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!






 

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Complex Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of arbitration experience

USA-FL-Miami

Miami office of our client seeks complex litigation attorney with 3-5 years of law firm experience i...

Apply Now

Senior Business & Commercial Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-Irvine

Irvine office is seeking a business and commercial litigation attorney with 5+ years of experience. ...

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Attorney with 1-3 years of experience

USA-TX-Dallas

Dallas office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experience. The candidate wi...

Apply Now

Labor and Employment Attorney with 3-4 years of litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of our client seeks labor and employment attorney with 3-4 years of litigation ex...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Paralegal

USA-AL-Montgomery

Overview The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking...

Apply now

Legal Assistant- Bilingual

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Prestigious personal injury firm seeks superstar BILINGUAL legal assistant! Candidate MUST have...

Apply now

Coordinator, International Contracts & Compliance

USA-NJ-Parsippany

Coordinator, International Contracts & Compliance The candidate will communicate closely with globa...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top