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Apple wins patent case on eve of results

Averts iPhone 4 import ban after Motorola Mobility loses case

Bloomberg  |  Washington 

Apple Inc averted an order that could have hindered imports of the iPhone 4 into the US after persuading an American trade agency to invalidate a patent owned by Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit over a phone sensor. The verdict came on the eve of Apple's financial year second-quarter net income. The US International Trade Commission in Washington yesterday upheld a judge's findings that the Motorola Mobility patent is invalid, though for different reasons. The patent covers a sensor that prevents the phone from accidentally hanging up or activating an application when ...

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First Published: Wed, April 24 2013. 00:40 IST