EU Backs Apple in Patent Infringement Case Against Motorola

The European Union anti-trust officials backed the Cupertino, California-based company, Apple Inc. against a patent case filed by Google’s Motorola. The EU officials said that Motorola is abusing their position, being the market leader in Germany for smartphones. Motorola filed a patent infringement case against Apple for some mobile phone functions.

The EU have already came with a preliminary view after the investigation opened on April, last year. According to them, these actions of Google’s Motorola “amounts to an abuse of a dominant position prohibited by EU anti-trust rules.”

Joaquin Almunia, the EU Competition Commisioner, said in a statement that intellectual property protection is a foundation of every company for innovation and growth. “But so is competition.”

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“I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice.” he added.

Last month, Motorola also filed a patent claim against Apple and threats to block the imports of their devices in the United States but the US International Trade Commission tossed it out.

In the claim, the Google-owned company accused Apple of infringing a patent technology that ignores hand or finder gestures on the screen whenever the phone is in the ear for calls.