“Apple just scored a fairly useful case management victory over Motorola Mobility,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents. “A lawsuit originally filed by MMI in November 2010 in the Southern District of Florida and, until recently, scheduled to go to trial later this year has just been consolidated with a second litigation in the same district, and the consolidated case is now scheduled to go to trial in April 2014.”
“Judge Robert N. Scola, the federal judge presiding over those two Florida cases, entered the related case management order because ‘the parties [Apple, Motorola, HTC] have shown a complete inability to agree upon anything and it is frustrating the progress of these cases,'” Mueller writes. “Apple advocated this full consolidation, which the other parties opposed.”
Mueller writes, “Motorola has just lost its only realistic near-term chance to enforce any non-standard-essential U.S. patent against Apple… Google’s plan to gain immediate leverage if and when it closes its acquisition of Motorola Mobility may not work out.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’re struggling to remember when Motorola wasn’t a complete pile of crap. It’s been so long.