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U.S. judge dismisses Apple's patent case against Motorola Mobility

June 25, 2012 - Washington

A Chicago judge has dismissed tech giant Apple's patent case against Google's Motorola Mobility and barred either company from refiling against each other.

Judge Richard Posner said neither Apple nor Motorola had sufficiently proved that one another's business, or a lack of patent licensing for technology in one another's devices, had caused damage to their companies.

"To suggest that [Apple] has 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, is wild conjecture," the Daily Telegraph quoted Posner, as saying.

"The parties have failed to present enough evidence to create a triable issue," the judge added.

Earlier this month, Judge Posner had tentatively concluded that the case between Apple and Motorola would be dismissed, but agreed to hear Apple's arguments before issuing his final ruling.

He not only dismissed Apple's assertions about market share and lost influence among consumers, but also dismissed the firm's arguments about how much Motorola should have to pay for licensing its patents.

Meanwhile, Motorola and Apple have declined to comment on the matter.


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