Apple attorneys are surely enjoying the latest ruling in the patent case involving Google’s Motorola Mobility unit, which grants Apple the chance of making its case via an injunction. The judge’s order yesterday is one last chance for both parties to plead the case to continue to trial, a trial that was canceled by Judge Richard Posner last week, with the judge ruling that neither party could prove damages.
Many have said that the suit originated by Motorola in 2010 was preemptive in nature, keeping an imminent lawsuit (filed later that month) from Apple at bay. Apparently the trial, originally scheduled for this coming Monday, had Apple win all over it, as most of the patent claims made by Motorola had been eliminated in pretrial rulings. The cancellation of the trial meant that Apple might not come out as ahead as they would have liked.
Judge Posner has set the injunction hearing for June 20 in Chicago. According tot he original report, Motorola may also ask for an injunction on the one patent in the case that had not been thrown out by the judge.