We reported last week that Judge Posner had reversed his previous dismissal of Apple’s lawsuit vs. Motorola Mobility. Although Apple certainly had something to lose, the case proved to be most important to Motorola who had been “hanging on by a thread with just one patent remaining in the fight — a standards-essential patent for GSM that Apple claimed wasn’t actually used in practice — and a full ruling in Apple’s favor could’ve put the newly-minted Google subsidiary in the precarious position of facing a portfolio-wide product ban until it could design around Apple’s claims”. Ultimately, Judge Posner ruled that neither side could provide concrete proof of financial loss due to patent infringements.
Is this the last we’ve heard of the case? Maybe not. Although yet to comment on today’s ruling, Apple could very well file an appeal. Below is Motorola’s statement.
“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.”