Judge Richard Posner yesterday evening ruled that the case of Apple vs. Motorola is to be completely dismissed, setting Motorola free of all Apple’s patent violation claims. This is actually the second time Posner has dismissed this same case though. A few weeks back, he nearly dissolved it in its entirety, but decided to give both companies a second chance, which they clearly ruined. This time around, he let go of the case for the same reasons as before: both Apple and Motorola did not provide a sufficient amount of proof for the damages caused, in Posner’s opinion.
Motorola gave a statement to The Verge regarding yesterday’s ruling, saying that they “are pleased” things worked out well since they were previously in deep water with the patent lawsuit. Apple even tried to ban some of their products in Germany, ended up turning off their push email functionality for iCloud and MobileMe in the same country, and eventually suffered being found of a violation of a single Motorola patent in the process.
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.
Even though the judge dismissed this case, things aren’t over yet. Apple can still appeal and it’s likely that they will — they’re not going to give up just like that. Still, it’s unlikely that their claims will hold up much longer with Posner as the judge because he’s getting frustrated with the their assertions.
The full 38-page decision of Judge Posner is available below.