Motorola says receives favorable court ruling

NEW YORK (AP) ? Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. said Friday it has received a favorable initial determination in patent infringement litigation filed by Apple Inc.

According to Motorola Mobility, an administrative law judge in the U.S. International Trade Commission issued an initial determination finding no violation for any of the three Apple patents listed in Apple’s suit, which was filed in October 2010. The companies have sued each other alleging patent infringement in both federal courts and the ITC, a trade-dispute arbiter in Washington, D.C. seen as a faster mediator of patent disputes than courts.

Motorola Mobility is being acquired by Google Inc. for $12.5 billion. The Libertyville, Ill., company is the phone half of the old Motorola Inc., which split up last year. Google is interested in Motorola’s trove of thousands of patents for technology used in smartphones, tablets and other devices.

Officials at Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple weren’t immediately available to comment.