It would appear that the courts in Wisconsin do not have a taste for gadget wars as this week they’ve been reported to be tossing out the Apple vs Motorola case that’d be brewing for some time. This update has not been commented on by Apple, but Motorola has been vocal in their glee that the case is no more, making sure to be clear that they do still want to reach a resolution with Apple in one way or another. This case – and the results even after dismissal – remains rather important as Google now owns Motorola, making this essentially a case between two larger titans.
This case was one that would have decided licensing terms that Apple could live with working with Motorola’s industry standard wireless patents. An extremely similar case is set to take place starting next week in Seattle between Motorola and Microsoft – Microsoft of course working here with Windows Phone in the end rather than iOS. Speaking with AllThingsD this week on the subject, Motorola had the following to say:
“We’re pleased that the court has dismissed Apple’s lawsuit with prejudice. Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards. We remain interested in reaching an agreement with Apple.” – Motorola
Apple is currently seeking to have the court’s decision switched to have been made “without prejudice”, this allowing them to hear the case again in the future. A similar situation is happening down in California where a verdict was read that essentially knocked the wind out of Samsung while Apple suffered no damage whatsoever – needless to say it’s Samsung in that case that’s seeking the case to reach a higher court.
In this case it would appear that the case vs Motorola will not reach a verdict any time soon. Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, Samsung, and essentially every other tech company on the market are in court battles across the country and the world on a basically non-stop basis regarding patents, so have no illusions about this type of event disappearing any time soon.