Apple and Motorola were struggling to snatch the victory from each other in the court cases and now Apple has emerged victorious in a German court case. A judge in the Mannheim Regional Court recently dismissed the Motorola Mobility (MMI) lawsuit against Apple over a patent that was considered essential to the 3G/UMTS standard.
In a well-written and extremely detailed look at the case by FOSS Patents, intellectual property analyst and blogger Florian Mueller noted that MMI did not present any conclusive evidence for its contention that Apple was infringing on a key 3G/UMTS patent. MMI had argued that “any implementation of 3G/UMTS must inevitably infringe this patent claim”. It did not demonstrate that Apple’s infringing products actually used that invention.
MMI did not show that Apple was using any actual implementation of the patent. They were arguing on the basis of the specifications of the standard. MMI declared the patent to be essential. However, court found it to not be essential, meaning that the judge thought that Apple could be able to implement the standard without infringing on the patent.
MMI is not worrying too much about this specific patent lawsuit, though. They have other similar lawsuits that are going on in the courts, and have won other patent claims. Mueller noted that “it takes only one bullet to kill”. Motorola’s victory in a key patent infringement lawsuit could still force Apple and other manufacturers to pay the 2.25% of net selling price “ransom” that will fatten MMI owner Google’s pockets over time.
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