Motorola Mobility, owned and operated by Google, has withdrawn its recent patent infringement accusations against Apple with the International Trade Commission. The exact reason behind the patent withdrawal was left quiet. We are awaiting word on whether the Android-based smartphone maker will testify the reasons.
The patent infringement accusations were filed against Apple in mid-August, and was the second such claim by Motorola in its lifespan. The wireless gear maker attempted to ban seven Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac, over patent infringement. The investigations began in late-September by the ITC, so the withdrawal certainly comes by surprise.
In the discharge filing, Motorola Mobility stated they would terminate all previous claims without prejudice acts. “There are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation. Respondent Apple Inc. and the Office of Unfair Import Investigations Staff Attorney have confirmed that they do not oppose this motion,” said Motorola.
Apple is a popular company to sue these days. Most recently the Samsung-Apple patent infringement battle ended with Apple taking the lead. Motorola even has an ongoing lawsuit with Apple from 2010 over secretive settlement talks.