Judge Says No to Friends of the Court in Apple-Google Hearing
An upcoming appellate hearing involving Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Motorola will be little less crowded thanks to a recent appeals court decision. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied a joint motion submitted by the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Ford (NYSE:F) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ), to participate in the hearing reports Foss Patents.
The hearing is in regards to a two-way case that was dismissed last year by Judge Richard Posner in the Northern District of Illinois. In that case, Motorola was seeking damages and injunctive relief over Apple’s alleged violation 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.