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Google has setback in Apple patent fight

happy-appleGoogle’s Motorola unit has lost another key battle over intellectual property against Apple after the US International Trade Commission ruled that a smartphone sensor patent was invalid.

The termination of Google’s final outstanding case against Apple as the International Trade Commission (ITC) raises fresh questions about its $12.5 Billion acquisition of Motorola, which was intended to bolster its patent armory in the litigious smartphone market.

Google may appeal against the ITC’s ruling to the Federal circuit court. “We’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options,” Google said on Monday. Apple, which reports its quarterly earnings on Tuesday, did not respond to a request for comment.

Motorola’s complaint against the iPhone was first filed to the Washington agency in 2010, before Google moved to acquire the mobile phone maker and its patent portfolio in August 2011. If it had been upheld, the ITC could have imposed an import ban against Apple’s flagship device.