News by Dan Seifert on Saturday June 23, 2012.
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Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. District Court in Illinois issued a ruling late yesterday evening stating that the patent infringement case between Motorola and Apple will be dismissed in its entirety with no injunctions to be issued. Judge Posner had preemptively dismissed the case a couple of weeks ago, but then gave the two sides another chance to prove that they were deserving of being awarded damages for the alleged patent infringements.
It appears that neither Apple or Motorola were able to successfully convince the judge that they were due damages from the other side, and he has decided to dismiss the case from the courts. Apple had claimed that Motorola infringed upon four of its patents, while Motorola argued that Apple was guilty of infringement on one of its patents. The case had been making its way through the court system since 2010.
If anything, it appears that a dismissal of the case is good news for Motorola, as its lone remaining claim against Apple centered around the use of a FRAND patent related to 3G standards - something that Apple claimed it wasn't even using. Had Apple won its argument, Motorola could have faced a sweeping ban on the sale of its products in the U.S. until it was able to re-engineer them around Apple's patents.
Following the ruling, Motorola issued a statement on the judge's decision:
"We are pleased that Judge Posner formally dismissed the case against Motorola Mobility. Apple's litigation campaign began with their attempt to assert 15 patents against us. As it relates to Apple's violation of our patents, we will continue our efforts to defend our own innovation."
Apple has not yet commented on the court's decision.via: The Verge
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