Judge to hear arguments in Apple patent case against Motorola Mobility

The ruling may affect Apple’s ability to negotiate favorable licensing agreements

A turning point may be on the horizon for Apple’s patent war against Google’s Android smartphone operating system. An important hearing is taking place today in Chicago, where Judge Richard Posner will consider Apple’s argument that it should be allowed to seek an order that bars the sale of some smartphones made by Motorola Mobility.

Apple has long contended that the Android operating system infringes its intellectual property. The company’s previous CEO Steve Jobs is on the record accusing Google of “grand theft.”

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