A Western Wisconsin judge has dismissed the Apple versus Motorola patent licensing lawsuit on the day the case was set to go to trial.
Judge Barbara Crabb has thrown out the case on the grounds that Apple would have refused to follow the courts guidance when a verdict was reached. Her ruling leaves many lingering questions for how Apple and Motorola Mobility will proceed with patent licensing in the future.
"It has become clear that Apple's interest in a licence is qualified. In its response to Motorola [Mobility]'s motion for clarification on the specific performance issue, Apple states that it will not commit to be bound by any FRAND rate determined by the court," said Judge Crabb in her ruling which was uncovered by legal blog Groklaw.
"And will not agree to accept any licence from Motorola [Mobility] unless the court sets a rate of $1 or less for each Apple phone. In other words, if Apple is unsatisfied with the rate chosen by the court, it reserves the right to refuse and proceed to further infringement litigation."
The case was brought to the courts because Apple argued that Motorola Mobility was charging an unfair licensing fee for its standard-essential patents. Motorola Mobility reportedly wanted to charge a fee of 2.25 percent on the net-sales of all iOS devices that used the company's patents.
Apple argued that Motorola Mobility's patents were only worth at most $1 for each device. The company told the judge that if the court ruled that Motorola Mobility patents were worth more than that it would appeal the case.
Judge Crabb decided that Apple's inflexibility deemed the case unnecessary and dismissed the trial.
For its part, Motorola Mobility said it was pleased with the trial. The Google-owned phone maker said it was happy with Judge Crabb's ruling and will continue to work with Apple to come to a licensing agreement.
"We're pleased that the court has dismissed Apple's lawsuit with prejudice," said a Motorola spokesperson.
"Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive standards-essential patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards. We remain interested in reaching an agreement with Apple."
This wasn't the only Motorola and Apple case making the rounds in the judicial system. Motorola recently filed a patent infringement case against Apple. The case involved patents relating to technology found in the Siri voice control and location services.
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