Apple and Motorola were due to go to court in Chicago next week, in a Jury trial, but now the federal judge dealing with the case has cancelled the trial in a pretrial conference.
Florian Muller from Foss Patents has been following the case, and it looks like the case will now be headed for the Federal courts, and it could be some time in 2014 before the case is resolved.
Meanwhile Judge Posner has entered a tentative order dismissing the case with prejudice because no party can establish relief. A detailed order will come down within a week, but most likely this is now headed for the Federal Circuit. Given where things stood before the pretrial conference, it’s in Motorola’s interest to avoid the four patents Apple is asserting in Chicago, but in the greater scheme of things, it also means that Google won’t be able to win any ruling in the U.S. against Apple before 2014 other than an ITC decision, which is increasingly unlikely to be the import ban it requested. For Google’s ambitions to stop Apple’s assertions against Android, and in light of the $12.5 billion it just coughed up for Motorola, that’s a setback.
Source Foss Patents
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