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Motorola Says Wisconsin Court Throws Out Apple Patent Suit

Google’s Motorola Mobility subsidiary said on Monday that a Wisconsin federal court has thrown out a lawsuit brought by Apple against the device maker.

Matt Chatterton

“We’re pleased that the court has dismissed Apple’s lawsuit with prejudice,” Motorola said in a statement to AllThingsD. “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.”

An Apple representative declined to comment. The company is seeking to have the dismissal made “without prejudice,”–a legal term that essentially means that the matter could be heard later.

The suit is one of many legal disputes raging between Apple and Google, and within the broader mobile industry. This one was set, in part, to perhaps determine what might constitute fair and reasonable licensing terms by which Apple could license Motorola’s industry-standard wireless patents.

Microsoft and Motorola have a similar question set to go before a Seattle federal court next week. The Federal Trade Commission is also said to be weighing whether to sue Google over the handling of such patents.

In one of the other high-profile battles, a San Jose, Calif.-based jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple more than $1 billion over various patents related to its Android-based devices. Samsung has vowed to fight the verdict, as well as any injunctions against its products.


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