“A month ago, Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility filed its second ITC complaint against Apple, seeking an import ban over the alleged infringement of seven patents,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “The Commission, the six-member decision-making body at the top of the U.S. trade agency, has just decided to institute a formal investigation of this complaint.”

“This comes as no surprise: every single one of the ITC complaints that I have been watching in this industry over the last two years resulted in the institution of an investigation,” Mueller writes. “Google undoubtedly hopes that Motorola Mobility’s lawsuits against Apple may at some point lead to a situation in which Apple may back down and tolerate unfettered infringement of its rights by Google and its device maker partners — which I doubt very much to be honest.”

Mueller reports, “Counting from the day on which they are instituted, ITC investigations typically take 16-18 months, and sometimes longer. The investigation of Motorola’s second complaint against Apple won’t be concluded before sometime in 2014.”

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