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Apple Case Against Motorola/Google Dismissed

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Nov 5, 2012, 2:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Nov 5, 2012, 2:43 PM

Updated: added details.

Google today said that one of the patent-related lawsuits filed by Apple against its Motorola subsidiary has been dismissed with prejudice. "Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards," said Google in a statement. "We remain interested in reaching an agreement with Apple." Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, Samsung, and other cell phone and wireless equipment makers have been battling over smartphone patents for years. In this particular lawsuit, Apple accused Google/Motorola of abusing its standard essential patents and violated the FRAND licensing guidelines. In pre-trial motions, Apple had agreed, in theory, to pay less than $1 in patent licensing fees per device if so ordered by the court. The case was dismissed by federal judge Barbara B. Crabb in the Western District of Wisconsin because in her view it wasn't worth holding the trial.

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Nov 5, 2012, 4:23 PM

Apple can't afford $2 per item?

Come on Apple. What was the exact figure, $2.25 or $2.75 per phone? With all that revenue you make every single year, being one of the (if not the) richest corporation on the entire planet, you can't afford what Motorola is asking, and now a Judge says you're so full of crap they don't even want to hear your case?

People should evaluate what company they are giving their money to.
You don't become rich by "giving" your money away.

For the same reason, Apple pays 2% taxes on their incomes, globally (not that other Mega-Corps aren't guilty of it as well.).

Nov 5, 2012, 6:41 PM

"agreed ... to pay less than $1 ... if so ordered"?

Isn't that the same as saying that they would REFUSE to pay $1.50 even if the court so ordered them to?

Maybe it's not that kind of trial, but I'm not about to try this method in traffic court.
Well, Steve Jobs drove a car with no license plates and parked in handicapped spots with no permit, and to knowledge he was never fined for either offense.....so apparently this strategy worked very well in traffic court. Very Happy
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