Apple’s suing Motorola and attempting to stop it selling certain handsets in the US. But it’s not exactly going to plan for Cupertino, as a judge has made an initial determination that Motorola’s not actually in the wrong, and doesn’t infringe on Apple’s patents.
It’s not the end of the story just yet though, as the ruling will now be reviewed by the whole of the US’s International Trade Commission before it’s finalised. It’s certainly not looking great for Apple in this battle though, and it follows Motorola’s European injunction win against Apple in Germany last year.
All these patent battles are really just making the middlemen rich -- the teams of lawyers on both sides that aren’t exactly cheap -- which inevitably ends up costing the consumer more. Even if Motorola’s infringing on Apple’s patents, injunctions against sales aren’t exactly in the consumer’s best interest either.
I, for one, am grateful nothing permanent has come out of the tit-for-tat war, at least in the UK. I want to buy my gadgets where I want, when I want -- regardless of whether someone thinks it’s pinched their ideas. [MacWorld UK]