Hmmm… Google withdraws patent complaint against Apple with no reason given

// October 2nd, 2012 // Mobile


Reuters has reported that Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has dropped a complaint of patent infringement against Apple without explanation. In a brief filing with the International Trade Commission on 10/1/2012, Motorola Mobility said it was dropping without prejudice a complaint that Apple had infringed on seven Motorola patents.  Google said in its filing “there are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation”. It has been reported earlier that that the two companies were in settlement talks but the case may have been withdrawn to prevent it from slowing down other patent infringement filings that Google had filed previously.

Google and Apple have been locked in a thermonuclear patent war since 2010 as Apple seeks to slow the growth of Google’s Android smartphone/tablet operating system. On August 24,2012, Apple won a big victory against Samsung earning them a $1.05 billion in damages after finding Samsung copied some features of the iPhone and iPad.  On August 17, 2012, Google’s newly acquired Motorola unit filed for patent infringement against Apple.  The complaint would block Apple’s import of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touchs and some Macintosh models.

Source: Reuters


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