Apple's fight against Google-owned Motorola isn't going so well, certainly not as well as its similar case in its home court of Cupertino, California against Samsung did.
A judge has now thrown out a suit by Apple which had asked the court to determine what the licensing rates for some FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) patents should be.
The judge argued that such an undertaking would be complex and time consuming for the court and was ticked off that Apple did not vow to comply with whatever rates the court determined were fair.
The judge threw out the case with prejudice, meaning it can't be filed again, but Apple can appeal the decision. Still, it's a big setback for Apple.
It's an even bigger setback for the FTC which, apparently, was hoping to finally have something on Google by going after Motorola and its jacked-up license prices for FRAND patents.