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Apple vs Motorola case dismissed

Motorola Mobility, which is in the process of being acquired by Google (see Simply-docs blog entry of 22nd May 2012), can breathe a sigh of relief after a US judge brought an end to the pursuit of an injunction by Apple against its mobile phone rival. Judge Richard Posner’s “with prejudice” ruling means that neither company can re-file the suit, although an appeal is possible.

In a 38-page ruling, Judge Posner noted that the question of specific patent infringement was separate to the issue of being allowed to sell an overall competing product: “Apple is complaining that Motorola’s phones as a whole ripped off the iPhone as a whole … 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.

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