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Apple suit vs. Google over patent rates dismissed

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PETER SVENSSON | November 5, 2012 04:06 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK — A suit by Apple claiming that Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, is seeking unreasonably high license fees for the use of patents on wireless technology has been thrown out by a judge in Madison, Wis.

The suit is part of a world-spanning battle between Apple and Google, whose Android software powers the smartphones that compete with Apple's iPhone. Google bought Motorola Mobility, a once pioneering maker of cellphones, this summer to gain control of its patents.

In the suit filed last year, Apple claimed that Motorola was seeking a license fee of 2.25 percent of the price of devices that infringe on Motorola's patents, including the iPhone and iPod Touch. Motorola is obliged by standards-setting bodies to offer licenses at "reasonable" rates.