Apple Patent Lawsuit Against Google's Motorola Dismissed

A U.S. district court judge has dismissed Apple's patent case against Google-owned Motorola Mobility.

Judge Barbara Crabb threw the case out, subsequently resulting in Apple having to successfully appeal against her decision to revive the case; the firm can't refile the lawsuit through another district court.

Apple filed the lawsuit against Motorola Mobility during the March of 2011, with the latter demanding 2.25 percent of all net sales on iOS products that utilizes essential industry standard patents. Businesses who own essential industry patents are expected to offer them under licensing terms that are FRAND: "fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory".

The iPhone creator accused Motorola of seeking excessive royalty payments for its patents related to Wi-Fi technology and video streaming.

Apple had been progressing towards victory against Motorola until last week, when the latter filed a motion that would require the former to accept whatever amount the court decided was a fair royalty rate.

It decided, however, to dismiss the motion by stressing it would only agree to a court-determined rate should the rate not exceed $1 per iPhone sale.


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  • azraa
    Going completely off topic here, but I remember my grandfather working at the local power plant, between control rooms and massive outdoor converters, with a Motorola. That thing was wireless, but freaking huge, with very limited range and a huge charger as well. This kind of devices were the progenitors of modern cellphone comms. After all, Motorola has licenses on very relevant things, and Motorola back in the day was the leading edge in radio coms.

    Good guy motorola, lets all use its many research years products, doesn't sue.
  • A Bad Day
    There's only a lesser evil in the software industry. The patent warfare has no saints in it, except for an occasional sane judge.
  • ddpruitt
    Apple's definition of reasonable: If we made something like it first you owe use $1 billion, if you made it first we aren't paying ANYTHING.

    Right, at least one judge that has a brain.