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Motorola Mobility drops patents complaint against Apple

Says it has nothing to do with a potential peace deal
Wed Oct 03 2012, 10:07
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AMERICAN MOBILE PHONE MAKER Motorola Mobility has decided to drop its patents complaint at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) against Apple.

Motorola has yet to offer a statement on why it has dropped the complaint, but analysts speculate that the appointment of a new ITC judge might have affected the decision.

"Motorola Mobility International Limited hereby moves to terminate all claims in this investigation without prejudice based on Motorola's withdrawal of the complaint, with Motorola and Apple each bearing their own costs and attorneys' fees," Motorola said in its filing.

Motorola Mobility's decision to drop its complaint follows the ITC decision to investigate whether Apple infringed Motorola patents in its mobile devices.

Motorola Mobility had claimed that Apple used its patented technology in Iphone and Ipad products. If Motorola Mobility's claims were upheld the ITC might have banned a number of Apple devices in the US.

Motorola Mobility made clear in its filing that the decision was not made because of an agreement with Apple. Despite recent reports of peace talks between Google and Apple, no agreements are in place, according to the filing.

"There are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation," Motorola said in its filing. µ

 

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