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January 10
10:15 PM 2014

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Apple Inc did not violate a patented technology of Google unit Motorola Mobility in making the popular iPhone. The Friday statement of the appeals court upheld a decision made by the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April, according to Reuters.

Google unit Motorola said of the decision: "We're disappointed in this decision and are evaluating our options."

In 2010, Motorola Mobility accused Apple of infringing on six of its patented technology including signal noise reduction and programming of the touch screen device so a user does not accidentally activate it with his head while talking on the phone. In April 2014, the ITC ruled that Apple did not infringe on any of the six patents. The appeals court ruled on only one of those patents, the report detailed.

In 2012, Google acquired both the said patents and the lawsuits when it bought Motorola for $12.5 billion. The acquisition was made partly for Motorola's library of telecommunications patents, the report said.

The Android software of Google has overtaken Apple's iOS software to become the top smartphone operating system. Google lets handset makers use the Android OS for free, Reuters reported.

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