Judge Posner, the judge presiding over the cases of Apple vs Motorola and their patent war, has gotten fed up. The entire case, consisting of 4 alleged patent infringements against Motorola Mobility, has been thrown out of the courts. This is after the previously requested jury trial was tentatively dismissed a couple of weeks ago. The whole thing began 2 years ago (well before the Google / Moto merger), and is finally tucking and rolling off the bandwagon.
Judge Posner seemed, however, to side on Motorola‘s side, stating:
No more can Apple be permitted to force a trial in Federal Court the sole outcome of which would be an award of $1.
Sounds to me like Judge Posner was wise to the fact that Apple was probably never looking for any type of financial gain in the first place, but rather trying to keep Motorola from getting product out to the public in a timely manner. Motorola responded:
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.
The question now is, will Apple try to appeal? Given their track record of using the courtroom as a personal battlefield (in this editor’s opinion), I have a feeling this isn’t the last time Motorola will be pulled back into the ring.
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