A Chicago judge on Friday officially dismissed a patent case between Apple and Motorola.
Judge Richard Posner tossed the case with prejudice, meaning neither company can refile for the reason that court. “It’d be absurd to dismiss a suit for failure to demonstrate damages and enable the plaintiff to refile the suit so he could have a second chance to establish damages,” Posner wrote in his decision.
Essentially, neither Apple nor Motorola could demonstrate they were entitled to damages. Apple acknowledged that the judge’s decision to exclude testimony doomed its claims on two.
In a statement, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman said the firm was pleased by the judgment of dismissal. “Apple’s litigation effort started with their attempt to assert 15 patents against us,” she said. “As it relates to Apple’s infringement of our patents, we are going to continue our efforts to defend our own invention.”
The road to judgment of dismissal has been a small roller coaster. Several days after dismissing the patent case between Motorola and Apple, Judge Posner said he would let Apple to pursue an injunction against Motorola devices and reversed course. But Apple did not present a strong enough claim after all, and Judge Posner determined to end the case.
Patent blogger Florian Mueller said the choices were “not an enormous surprise,” given Posner’s previous efforts to dismiss. Mueller also said the case is “100 percent certain to be appealed to the Federal Circuit,” so this mightn’t be the last we have learned of Motorola vs. Apple in the U.S.
More reports about a revamped dock connector emerged with one site revealing a port that was smaller.
Earlier this week, the U.K.’s Mobile fun posted several images of the reported next-gen iPhone, which contained a dock connector that was “substantially smaller [and] similar in size to micro USB.”
TechCrunch then reported last night that it’d “independently confirmed” that Apple was working on a 19-pin interface for the iPhone, which would replace the existing 30-pin interface.
The interface will not be dissimilar to the MacBook’s Thunderbolt interface, but with an alternative pinout, TechCrunch said.
The news comes several weeks after job listings were posted by Apple for Product Design Eng Connector and a Connector Design Engineer.
Reports about a smaller dock connector have been making the rounds. But we probably won’t find out if they’re not false until the autumn, when Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone with iOS 6.
A change to the 30-pin dock connector would, naturally, make docking systems that are existing incompatible with future iDevices, unless Apple released some form of adapter.
The patent battle between Apple and Kodak lives on, with the imaging firm suing Cupertino over patents that both companies claim to possess.
Apple is purposefully attempting to “delay and derail” Kodak’s efforts to sell off parts of its patent portfolio included in a restructuring effort, Kodak said in a court filing.
Kodak says it possesses them and has made about $3 billion by licensing the patents to 37 businesses over time. Apple, however, says it owns 10 thanks to work of the patents that Kodak and Apple did together in the 1990s.
Kodak was not convinced and took issue with Apple claiming possession over work that took place “nearly 20 years past.”
Kodak challenged the finding and the complete six-member commission said it would review the ruling. Last month,the ITC found that the image-previewing patent is invalid.