“We’re disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our options,” Motorola said in a statement.
The original case dates back to 2010, well before Google acquired Motorola and its patents. Motorola accused Apple of infringing on six patents, though in April 2013 the ITC ruled that Apple wasn’t in violation of any of them. Friday’s ruling was over just one of those patents.
This is a big loss for Motorola (and in turn, Google), which was hoping to get Apple’s iPhone blocked from selling in the U.S., as the iPhone is manufactured overseas and the ITC has the power to block the import of products that infringe on U.S. patents.
This isn’t the end of Apple’s legal battles, though, at the company is expected to face off against Samsung yet again in March.