Googlerola’s FRAND attack on Apple: Denied.

According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, judge Barbara B. Crabb granted a number of summary judgements to Apple in it’s Wisconsin trial against Motorola.

After this partial summary judgment win, Apple is in pretty good shape with a view to the Wisconsin FRAND trial, which is scheduled to start on November 5, 2012. It still has the burden of proof on its claim that Motorola’s 2.25% royalty demand is inconsistent with FRAND, and there are some other requirements to meet, but the issues have been narrowed ocnsiderably. Almost exactly a year after Google announced its acquisition of Motorola Mobility, and only days after Google announced mass layoffs at the acquired company, Friday’s decision is only the latest event of many that call into question the patent strategy behind that $12.5 billion impulse buy.


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