The build-up was certainly more exciting than the end result - at least for now.
On Monday, Apple's lawsuit against Motorola, which alleged shady licensing practices against the Google-owned entity, was tossed and cut short before a trial could begin in earnest.
Judge Barbara Crabb dismissed the case with "prejudice." In practical English, that means Apple could still get the trial it wants, but it must first successfully appeal the judge's decision.
After Apple first filed suit against Motorola way back in the spring of 2011, the Apple v. Motorola Mobility trial was scheduled to finally commence Monday at 1 PM. But it never made it to the magic hour.
Things had gone mostly Apple's way up until last week, Foss Patents blogger Florian Mueller wrote, when the Google-owned Motorola filed a motion that would have required Apple to adhere to whatever the court decided was a fair royalty rate. But Apple played hardball, saying it would only agree to a court-determined rate if the rate didn't exceed $1 per iPhone.
In other words... Stay tuned for round two.