“Google’s Motorola Mobility unit cannot assert a patent against Apple Inc which covers a sensor that stops phone users from dialing wrong numbers on touchscreen devices, a U.S. trade judge ruled,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters.

“In an entry on the U.S. International Trade Commission docket on Tuesday, Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender ruled the Motorola patent invalid,” Levine reports. “Google acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion this year, partly for its library of telecommunications patents.”

Levine reports, “In August, the commission found that Apple had not violated three other Motorola patents, and ordered Pender to further examine the [now-invalidated] touchscreen sensor patent.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Google would have done better eschewing the Motorola Mobility fiasco and instead making a $12.5 billion bonfire.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]