Apple Wins Patent Non-Infringement Ruling From U.S. Judge

Apple Inc., the largest U.S. maker of smartphones, won a court ruling that it doesn’t infringe patent claims brought by intellectual property licensing firm Golden Bridge Technology Inc.

U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson in Wilmington, Delaware, also canceled a jury trial that was scheduled to begin April 29 over two patents for 3-G network communications held by Long Branch, New Jersey-based Golden Bridge.

“The record evidence remains consistent with the finding of non-infringement,” Robinson wrote in an order yesterday affirming earlier decisions on the patent descriptions.

Golden Bridge sued Apple in 2010 over patents for boosting connections in mobile networks.

“We respect the judge greatly, but justice wasn’t done and of course, we will appeal,” Michael P. Kelly, a lawyer representing Golden Bridge, said in a phone interview.

Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.

The case is Golden Bridge Technology Inc. v. AT&T Inc., 10-00428, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

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