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.