The patent wars continue...
Seems that Apple cannot seek an injunction against Motorola Mobility in its smartphone patents lawsuit.
If you didn't know, Apple had sought an injunction barring the sale of Motorola products using Apple's patented technology.
Well, it looks like a US Judge ruled that Apple cannot pursue an injunction against Google's Motorola Mobility unit, effectively ending a key case for the iPhone maker in the smartphone patent wars.
Actually, neither party is entitled to an injunction.
As expected, Motorola reportedly is "pleased" with this.The ruling is a blow for Apple, which had hoped a decisive ruling against Motorola would help it gain an upper hand in the smartphone market against Android.
"Apple is complaining that Motorola's phones as a whole ripped off the iPhone as a whole," Posner wrote. "But Motorola's desire to sell products that compete with the iPhone is a separate harm -? and a perfectly legal one -? from any harm caused by patent infringement."
"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," Posner wrote, adding that he was therefore dismissing the suit with prejudice, meaning that neither side can refile.
However, both could still appeal the Judge ruling.
"Meanwhile, the two companies will continue to go at each other legally, with a case pending before the International Trade Commission and lawsuits ongoing in a number of other countries".
Is this going to ever end?
NEWS SOURCE #1: US Judge dismisses Apple patents lawsuit against Motorola (via) PC World
NEWS SOURCE #2: Business News 2012-06-22 (via) ChicagoTribune
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