When a sitcom fails to gain viewership, it gets cancelled and you get to watch unaired episodes on DVDs if you choose to buy. Similarly, Apple’s patent-infringement jury trial against Google-owned Motorola Mobility has been “cancelled” by the presiding judge.
But for this Apple-Motorola saga, there would be no DVDs.
The trial was set to begin next week on 11 June 2012 (just as Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC is getting underway). On Thursday, 7 June 2012, Bloomberg reported that US Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner rejected each side’s damages arguments.
Posner’s ruling scraps what would have been the first patent trial between them since Mountain View, California-based Google completed its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. last month.
Posner bluntly told Apple and Google:
“You have to prove injury. I’m sorry that it seems to be petering out like this.”
Till the time, the news report being written, neither Apple nor Google publicly responded to the judge’s action.
It is not clear if and how two tech giants will possibly square off again in a different judicial venue. Prior to this surprise trial toss, Apple claimed that Motorola had violated several of Apple’s mobile phone and tablet-related patents. Motorola, on the other hand, was pursuing only one patent infringement claim against Apple.