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November 6, 2012

US judge dismisses Apple’s patent lawsuit against Google

The judge dismissed the suit just hours before the trial was scheduled to start

By CBR Staff Writer

A US federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the iPhone maker Apple against Google’s Motorola Mobility, claming that the company is seeking high license fees for the use of wireless technology patents.

The judge dismissed the suit, first filed in March 2011, just hours before the trial was scheduled to start.

Last year, Apple filed a suit claiming that Motorola was seeking a license fee of 2.25% of the price of devices that infringe on Motorola’s patents, including the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Ina court filing last week, Motorola asked the court to set a price but Apple said it would not pay more than $1 per device.

Google said: "Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards."

"We remain interested in reaching an agreement with Apple," Google said.

Earlier in June this year, a US district judge had dismissed a trial in the patent case between Apple and Motorola after rejecting both sides’ damages arguments.

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Both the firms have separately appealed a US federal judge’s ruling in June to dismiss a patent case.

In December last year, Motorola had won a ruling against Apple in a patent dispute in Germany after a court there ruled in its favour.

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