Judge dismisses case between Apple and Motorola in its entirety

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| June 22, 2012

Motorola Atrix Apple iPhone 4

The legal battle between Apple and Motorola has been on a bit of a roller coaster this month, with the judge in the case first tentatively canceling the patent trial between them that was scheduled for early June and then changing his mind and scheduling a hearing that took place earlier this week. Well, Judge Richard Posner issued his decision on the matter this evening, and it turns out that he decided to dismiss the case entirely. In the case, Apple claimed that Motorola had infringed upon four of its patents, while Motorola had a counterclaim that involved one patent. Posner ended up dismissing the case with prejudice, though, saying that neither Apple nor Motorola provided enough proof of damages to warrant an injunction. Motorola has issued a statement on the matter, expressing its satisfaction with the decision:

"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."

Considering that Motorola had a single patent in the case (which was standards-essential, as well), it's no surprise that the company is pleased with the Judge Posner's ruling today. And because the judge decided to dismiss the case with prejudice, neither Apple nor Motorola will be able to refile their claims, although there is the option of filing an appeal. The Cupertino firm opted not to issue a statement on Judge Posner's decision, so it's not yet clear if it actually plans to try and appeal or not. There are also a few other cases between Apple and Motorola currently going on, so it's not like the two companies are done duking it out just yet. For now, though, there's one less battle between them to worry about.

Via The Verge, Reuters