Apple and Motorola drop 14 patents, now left with 8 patents-in-suit
Apple and Google's Motorola agreed to drop 14 patent suits Monday. The patents were part of a Florida case which was scheduled for trial in 2014. This narrowed the two companies' claims to a total of eight patents-in-suit.
Specifically, Motorola dropped eight patent suits. Meanwhile, Apple dismissed six patent suits. Prior to the joint order filing, Apple dropped two patent suits. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, this left each company with only four patent suits from 24. However, the stipulation made Monday was pending the acceptance of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
In addition, Mueller pointed out that the Apple and Motorola focused on patent suits with strategic value. The two companies dismissed patent suits that would waste their energy and had possibilities of high damages. For example, Apple kept a patent suit for missed phone call management. On the other hand, Motorola asserted a German property used to block iCloud push notifications.
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