A federal judge has cancelled a trial between Apple and Motorola (now a part of Google) scheduled for June 11 because he believes neither side can present sufficient evidence to prove damages.
Judge Richard Posner said that the case should be dismissed “with prejudice” , meaning that it cannot be addressed again.
According to Posner, the damage caused by injunctions taken out against any kind of infringement would be “disproportionate to the harm to the patentee and the benefit of the alleged infringement to the alleged infringer and contrary to the public interest.”
The case has practically been thrown out of court, and in a statement Google said:
“We are pleased by the Illinois trial court’s tentative ruling today dismissing Apple’s patent claims and look forward to receiving the full decision”
Posner is expected to elaborate on his decision in a written opinion sometime this week, but it does suggest that the attitude towards patent disputes between companies is changing to reflect the widespread public view that this warfare is just a waste of time, and doesn’t really benefit anybody.
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