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Apple Case Against Motorola/Google Dismissed

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Nov 5, 2012, 2:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
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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Apple can't afford $2 per item? Tofuchong Nov 5, 2012, 4:23 PM
"agreed ... to pay less than $1 ... if so ordered"? Globhead Nov 5, 2012, 6:41 PM
 
 
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