Federal Judge Barbara Crabb of Madison, Wisconsin has dismissed, discarded the case in which Apple allegations that Motorola’s patent licensing practices were unfair. The judge gave both parties until today to explain whether a court determined FRAND rate would even solve the patent dispute at hand and Judge Crabb was not persuaded with Solutions from Apple’s solution, and chose to toss the trial.
A spokeswoman for Google had this to say about Google’s patent licensing practices:
“Motorola has long offered licensing to our extensive patent portfolio at a reasonable and non-discriminatory rate in line with industry standards.”
Judge Crabb later said:
“Apple’s response was not satisfactory and did not assuage my concerns about determining a FRAND rate that may be used solely as a negotiating tool between the parties.”
Motorola seemed more than pleased with judge’s decision, saying:
“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.”