Back in February Apple had won a patent dispute against Motorola Mobility regarding a “slide-to-unlock” a feature on smartphones but recently there was a case between Apple and Motorola in which Apple were suing Motorola for a total of four patents. It now seems that US Judge Richard Posner has dismissed the whole case between the two companies.
In a 38-page ruling the judge wrote,
Apple is complaining that Motorola’s phones as a whole ripped of the iPhone as a whole.” The judge added that “Apple hadn’t clearly shown how its phones had suffered a loss of market share, brand recognition, or customer goodwill as a result of Motorola’s alleged infringement of the patent claims still in play in this case.”
As a result of the ruling by judge Richard Posner Motorola has released the following statement,
“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 all. As it relates to Apple’s violation of our patents, we will continue our efforts to defend our own innovation.”
The case may have ended by judge Posner, meaning that neither company can re-file the suit but an appeal is still possible.