Judge Posner throws out entire Apple v. Motorola suit

Judge Posner throws out entire Apple v. Motorola suit
Earlier this month Judge Richard Posner of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, threw out a patent suit between Apple and Motorola saying that neither side could prove that they were damaged by the actions of the other company. And that would have been the end of the case, which had started back in 2010, except that Apple was granted its motion for an injunction hearing and the Judge decided to give both firms a chance to prove that they were damaged enough to require judicial relief.

After hearing from both sides once again, Judge Posner has slammed his gavel down on both Apple and Motorola and has dismissed the case. Of course, the only winners here are the attorneys who walk away with a boatload of money.  For his part, Judge Posner had some rather harsh words for Apple in his order, saying that Apple needs to stop wasting Federal Court assets on what the Judge perceives to be minor violations.Source: TheVerge via AndroidCentral



1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Finally, Someone made sense out of all of this. Good job Judge!!!!

2. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

About time, what a pointless battle. Good job judge.

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Game over Apple. You lose. And rightfully so.

11. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

lol...throws out the whole lawsuit and apple "lost" ? right...

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Motorola lost too

15. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple did lose, since their whole competitive strategy relies on not allowing anyone else to compete.

20. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 624; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

+1 if your the plaintiff and for any reason don't get your money you sir have lost.

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

WHO CARES. NOW APPLE MUST LEARN TO COMPETE and innovate MORE products instead of wasting billions of dollars instead of putting it to R&D

4. hutty24

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

How are you going to sue the company that made the first cellphone

5. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

My god i love this article. Your my HERO JUDGE!!!!!!!!!

6. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012


7. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"You can't just assume that because someone has a patent, he has some deep moral right to exclude everyone else."- Judge Posner Love this judge.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh look a judge using misjudgment. So much for our legal system serving justice.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

POSNER/KOH 2012! Justice has never been more just.

17. LOLpple

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Can I buy some crack off of you? I don't partake myself, but clearly you get REALLY good crack and I bet I could flip it to the crackheads in the cities.

28. duckymomo26

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

Don't ever go full retard

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Too late.....

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So I guess according to 21 people it's ok for another company to infringe on someone's patents.

42. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Really not, tell me a good patent that was designed/developed by Apple whereas it was never existed before and that has been used by someother company? Apple had patents and defending on Rectangle icons, rounded corners... We are in technology world, do you know that Samsung won a case against Apple on a 3G patent:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-scores-a-3G-patent-litigation-win-against-Apple-will-seek-compensation_id31444 Again this for a reasonable case. One more in German against same Moto for the infographic mobile. You can't just say or have anger against Android because you are having a Apple device. I'm having a Apple phone, Android phone, Blackberry phone, HP tab, Apple iPad, waiting for Nexus tab. Each OS have their own good and bad.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Fandroids ignoring that Motorola lost as well. Typical!

14. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We didn't care if Moto lost, it was a minor patent anyway. This was a much bigger loss for Apple. Moto would have gotten a small payout, Apple was going (as usual) for a ban.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, we don't care all that much. Granted, this was the only cell phone patent lawsuit where someone besides Apple filed first, and its slightly disappointing that thirty years of work on cell radios has gone to waste for Moto, but this is way, way bigger of a loss for Apple. This is the first patent dispute in the US that they have utterly lost in. It also sets a potential precedent, as Posner was pissed off at Apple's seeming pursuit of damages over terrifically small damages. Typical iFanboy. Can't even read the whole article.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do you ever not pop in on a Motorola article?

29. duckymomo26

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

Don't ever go full retard Part 2

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U the most typical PERSON. APPLE brainwash you and don't realize THIS LAW SUIT PATENT from APPLE NEEDS TO STOP. and get back to INNOVATING instead like i said wasting bilion of dollars suing and trying to destry Android.

35. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Hey are mad man

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Apple and Moto both lost - but APPLE is the biggest loser here - they are and have been and I am sure will continue to waste our courts' time and resources. Point is that APPLE has to stop with their numerous lawsuits, and their fandom have to wake up from their lemming-like state and realize that APPLE does not care for its customers at all. Apple wants to be the only choice for consumers, even when that choice is full of stagnated development.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

....which such stagnated development will only serve to stint the growth of the industry. Luckily, we have Android OEMs always pushing the envelope, making the next model even noticeably better than a previous model, or other companies' top model.

18. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I'm sorry taco, but when the judge goes out of his way to personally tell Apple to knock it off, they are the bigger losers, it would have been different had he not solely addressed Apple like he did.

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