Apple and Google have appealed a ruling by U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner that flat-out dismissed an iOS and Android-related patent case between the two companies.
Both tech giants filed appeal notices yesterday regarding the June 22 ruling, Bloomberg reported. Posner had canceled a jury trial over the tit-for-tat infringement claims, saying neither company had been able to prove damages and that neither would be allowed to refile claims in this particular case, which has been lurching along in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).
The two companies have been duking it out over their respective mobile OSes for some time now, as Apple "goes thermonuclear war" -- in the words of Steve Jobs -- on Android and the device makers that rely on the software. The struggle is taking place in various countries and courtrooms around the world.
Posner has been particularly critical of the patent system, saying in a ... [Read more]