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Judge Rejects Injunctive Relief In Smartphone Battle

Publication Date: 
June 26, 2012
Daily Journal
Craig Anderson

Lecturer Brian J. Love spoke with Craig Anderson of the Daily Journal about the limited applicability of the Apple v. Google patent infringement lawsuit.

An Illinois federal judge's rejection of an injunction in Apple Inc.'s patent infringement battles with Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility subsidiary revealed weaknesses on both sides of the case, assuming it survives an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

A Motorola Mobility spokeswoman claimed victory after Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, sitting by designation in the Northern District of Illinois, on Friday denied injunctive relief to Apple for the alleged infringement of four of its patents in smartphones. Posner also denied an injunction to Motorola for infringement of one of its patents.


Brian J. Love, a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, also said he thought Posner's opinion would survive an appeal although he questioned how much impact it would have on other pending smartphone cases between Apple and Google and its allies.