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Apple wins smartphone sensor patent case against Google

Google may appeal against USITC’s ruling to the federal circuit court.

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has ruled that Apple did not violated a patent callled ‘sensor controlled user interface for a portable communication device’ owned by Google’s Motorola Mobility unit.

In its filing, Google allgeged that Apple infringed smartphone sensor patent by including a proximity sensor, which prevents the touchscreen being accidentally pressed by turning it off when it is held up to the ear, reported the Financial Times.

Google, in a statement, said: “We’re disappointed with this outcome and are evaluating our options.”

Motorola’s complaint against the iPhone was first filed in 2010, before Google moved to acquire Motorola Mobility and its patent portfolio in August 2011.

In the event of Apple loosing the case, the USITC could have imposed an import ban against Apple’s flagship device, iPhone.

Earlier, the USITC cleared Apple of infringing three other Motorola patents in August 2012, while Google withdrew a second complaint against Apple in October 2012.

The commission said that Apple had shown “clear and convincing evidence” that Motorola’s claim was “obvious” and so unenforceable.

The closing of Google’s case against Apple raises fresh questions about its $12.5bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility. However, Google has been strengthening its own IP portfolio and deploying the phonemaker’s manufacturing capabilities to support its own smartphone designs.

Last summer, Apple won a case against the South Korean smartphone giant Samsung.

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No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”

Come on, guys.

There is a strange journalistic phenomenon that occurs when a party leader makes a speech. It is a blend of groupthink, relief, utter certainty, and online backslapping. It happened particularly quickly after David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference today. A few pundits decided that – because he mentioned, like, diversity and social mobility – this was a centre-left speech. A leftwing speech, even. Or at least a clear grab for the liberal centre ground. And so that’s what everyone now believes. The analysis is decided. The commentary is written. Thank God for that.

Really? It’s quite easy, even as one of those nasty, wicked Tories, to mention that you actually don’t much like racism, and point out that you’d quite like poor children to get jobs, without moving onto Labour's "territory". Which normal person is in favour of discriminating against someone on the basis of race, or blocking opportunity on the basis of class? Of course he’s against that. He’s a politician operating in a liberal democracy. And this isn’t Ukip conference.

Looking at the whole package, it was actually quite a rightwing speech. It was a paean to defence – championing drones, protecting Britain from the evils of the world, and getting all excited about “launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history”.

It was a festival of flagwaving guff about the British “character”, a celebration of shoehorning our history chronologically onto the curriculum, looking towards a “Greater Britain”, asking for more “national pride”. There was even a Bake Off pun.

He also deployed the illiberal device of inculcating a divide-and-rule fear of the “shadow of extremism – hanging over every single one of us”, informing us that children in UK madrassas are having their “heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate”, and saying Britain shouldn’t be “overwhelmed” with refugees, before quickly changing the subject to ousting Assad. How unashamedly centrist, of you, Mr Prime Minister.

Benefit cuts and a reduction of tax credits will mean the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for “equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome” will be just that – with the outcome pretty bleak for those who end up losing any opportunity that comes with state support. And his excitement about diversity in his cabinet rings a little hollow the day following a tubthumping anti-immigration speech from his Home Secretary.

If this year's Tory conference wins the party votes, it’ll be because of its conservative commitment – not lefty love bombing.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.