Apple and Motorola were fighting out a patent battle in the Federal Court since the last two days in which Apple had more to gain.
But Judge posner dismissed the case in its entirety yesterday evening stating that neither party could provide any significant damages against and as such the case did not merit an injunction against any of the parties.
The reasoning behind the ruling is very similar to what Judge Posner had announced before dismissing the case earlier as well. He then allowed both parties to resubmit the case, but the result have proved to be same.
Judge Posner seemed a bit frustrated at Apple, which was visible in his following quote, “No more can Apple be permitted to force a trial in federal court the sole outcome of which would be an award of $1.”
Motorola Mobility was understanably relieved with the result as they had a lot to lose if the Judge would have decided in Apple’s favour, in which case they would have had to make a lot of design changes across their product portfolio in order to overcome the patent infringements.
With four patent claims against Motorola, compared to a sole patent claim Motorola had against Apple; it was a case for Apple to lose. And with Judge Posner dismissing the case Apple would be definitely disappointed with the ruling.
Apple are yet to give out any official statements on the matter though there are chances of Apple appealing against the ruling. We hope they do not, but if they do we will surely update you about the same.