Feeds

Googorola mysteriously pulls plug on ITC Apple patent probe

Does what no fanboi can do: drops the subject

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Googorola has mysteriously dropped the patent infringement allegations it made against Apple at the US International Trade Commission.

Google-owned Motorola filed the complaint against Apple in August, claiming the fruity firm had copied seven of its protected designs that dealing with location-based reminders, email notifications and other tech. Just last month the ITC said it would start an investigation into Apple regarding the accusations.

Then out of the blue, Moto asked the ITC to drop the probe, even though it insisted there had been no agreement between it and Apple over the patents.

Motorola reserved its right to launch further legal action over the same patents, but in the mean time it withdrew its arguments and agreed to take care of its own costs and lawyers' fees. Apple agreed to settle its own bills, too.

Googorola has another case pending at the commission, in which Apple has been cleared of infringing three of the patents, but the judge has yet to decide on a fourth patent. The beak, Thomas Pender, has said he will make that decision by 21 December.

Neither Google nor Motorola responded to requests for comment about their reasons for withdrawing the complaint. ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.