Remember Apple’s suing spree of 2011? The company filed lawsuits against multiple popular Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC and Motorola in regions across the globe from USA all the way to Japan. A few weeks ago, Apple sued Samsung again on basis of their Galaxy S III; while that and many other cases are ongoing, one very major case in one very major country has been dismissed – that of Apple vs. Motorola Mobility. Details after the jump!
News of the legal update comes from TheVerge in the form of a short post in which they discuss the state of the Apple vs. Motorola Mobility case, Judge Richard Posner’s 38-page statement and what all of it means for both companies.
Earlier this evening, Judge Richard Posner at the US Federal Court completely dismissed Apple vs. Motorola case, citing both Apple and Motorola’s inability to “prove damages” due to the other. Posner has previously dismissed Apple & Motorola’s case before, giving the two an extra chance to prove themselves which they, of course, failed to do so in the court’s eyes.
The lawsuit was filed by Apple back in 2010 when the company claimed that Motorola’s devices were violating four patents. Motorola replied with but one “standards-essential” GSM patent which Apple stated wasn’t used in their mobile devices, putting it in a weaker position which is why - despite it being a draw- this is a win for Motorola. Here is the company’s response to the ruling:
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 so far has declined to comment on the ruling, but they are expected to appeal to the court.
If you’ve got time to kill or are just interested in that kind of stuff, you can check out Judge Richard Posner’s whopping 38-page document regarding the court’s ruling on Scribd.
The whole Apple vs. every-other-popular-Android-manufacturer legal war will definitely continue for a long, long time and we here at Redmond Pie will of course we covering important developments as they happen. Stay tuned!