Monday, July 23, 2012

Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) & Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility – Patent War

The two Silicon Valley giants viz. Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) Inc. and Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility have filed afresh appeals in their long-led battle against patent lawsuits.

Both the companies have over-ruled the June 22nd federal judge’s order wherein U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner had dismissed the companies’ claims of damages caused, thereby cancelling the jury trial which was due for June 11 in the federal court in Chicago.

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Where on one hand Motorola Mobility had charged Apple Inc. of violating a cellular technology patent, Apple Inc. charged Motorola Mobility of infringing four of its patents as an answer to the appeal. The trial of the mutual infringement claims between the two rivals would have been the first and one of its kind since the Mountain View, California- based company completed its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in May.

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Though Posner agreed to hear both parties appeal, he rejected the injunctive relief to both of them stating that “Neither has shown that damages would not be an adequate remedy.” Clear that the companies’ damages theories were unsound, Posner said in a 38-page ruling on June 22, “Neither party is entitled to an injunction”. Hence he closed the case.

However, the case is Apple Inc. (AAPL) v. Motorola Mobility Inc., 11- cv-08540, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

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