Slow news day, so time to catch up on Apple and Motorola’s patent-related bickering. This particular case had been dragging on since 2010, but Judge Posner has finally had enough.
Having tentatively dismissed the case a couple of weeks ago, Posner has now dismissed it entirely.
By the sounds of things, Posner has about as much time for patent nonsense as we do, and it’s probably fair to say he’s quite unsympathetic.
"Both parties have deep pockets," says Posner, in his 38-page decision. "And neither has acknowledged that damages for the infringement of its patents could not be estimated with tolerable certainty."
He continues: "It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages.
“This case is therefore dismissed with prejudice; a separate order to that effect is being entered today."
Needless to say, Motorola was quite happy with the decision. A statement reads: “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.”
One patent case down, 6,346,102 to go…
via: The Verge