In a setback for Apple, the International Trade Commission ruled on Tuesday that Apple infringes on one of Motorola's patents. The patent describes a "method and system for generating a complex pseudonoise sequence for processing a code division multiple access signal." ITC Judge Richard Pender also said Apple did not violate three other patents Motorola included in its original complaint.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola was pleased with the result, while Apple was glad it did not infringe on three of the four patents. The Cupertino company noted that the patent it allegedly infringes has already been ruled invalid in a German court. "We believe we will have a very strong case on appeal," said Apple.
The full commission will make a ruling on this preliminary judgment in August. It' not a trivial ruling as a decision in favor of Motorola could potentially lead to a ban on the import of iPads and iPhones, says Reuters.