Here’s More Apple-Google Patent-Infringement Drama
The ongoing patent battle between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Motorola Mobility entered another phase this week as the two tech companies participated in a hearing about reopening a patent-infringement case that was dismissed last year by Judge Richard Posner in the Northern District of Illinois, reports Reuters. Each smartphone maker accuses the other of violating its patents.
In the original case, Motorola was seeking damages and injunctive relief over Apple’s alleged violation of one of the Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)-owned company’s standard-essential patents, or SEPs. Apple was also seeking damages and injunctive relief from Motorola over alleged patent infringement. However, the patents Apple was pursuing damages over were non-SEPs, which are not covered by FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing obligations.
According to Reuters, the three-judge panel in Wednesday’s hearing tried to ascertain if either company qualified as an “unwilling licensee.” Motorola accuse Apple of refusing to pay licensing fees for a SEP technology that the iPhone maker uses in its devices. If a company is found to be an unwilling licensee, it can potentially have its infringing products banned from sale.