Last week, ITC ruled that Apple did not violate three Motorola patents covering 3G wireless technology. A fourth patent was sent back to administrative law Judge Thomas Pender to determine if Apple violated it in its mobile products.
By instituting the latest investigation, the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC's Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC's six administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.