Motorola Mobility drops ITC patent claim against Apple

Motorola Mobility drops ITC patent claim against Apple
Motorola Mobility has withdrawn a patent infringement complaint against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission. This was the second such filing that the wholly owned Google subsidiary had filed against Apple with the first filing recently remanded back to a judge. A civil lawsuit filed in Wilmington, Delaware related to the withdrawn case was also dismissed. Despite its actions, Motorola Mobility does retain the ability to refile the claims against Apple at any time.

The case being withdrawn involved seven patents that Motorola Mobility claimed were infringed upon by Apple including patents on interactive voice commands, location reminders, e-mail notification and phone/video players. Back in August, the wholly owned Google subsidiary said it hoped filing the suit would force Apple to sit down and discuss licensing the patents involved. On August 24th, in another case, Apple was cleared by a judge of violating three Motorola Mobility patents although a fourth patent is still being considered a possible infringement by the ITC. This patent revolves around a sensor used to protect against accidental hangups,

Motorola has withdrawn its claim against Apple

Motorola has withdrawn its claim against Apple

One potential reason for this action, a deal between the two sides, was explicitly rejected in Motorola Mobility's filing with the court. One possibility revolves around the reassignment of the case on Monday to Administrative Law Judge Theodore Essex. According to FOSS Patents, this particular judge is hard on complainants which could be a logical reason for Motorola Mobility's action. Another speculation revolves around Motorola Mobility's inability to get all of the paperwork to prove its case and once it is found, Motorola will re-file the complaint. Or perhaps Motorola Mobility just wants to take the high road and offer this olive branch to Apple. Anyone believe that this is behind the move by Motorola Mobility?

Whatever its true intentions here, there are still plenty of courtroom battles to come between the two. A non-jury trial filed by Apple against Motorola Mobility is set to being November 5th in Madison, Wisconsin. Apple claims that Motorola failed to license some of its patents fairly based on FRAND rules.

source: Bloomberg, FOSSPatents

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29 Comments

1. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Good. Less patent BS, more innovation. Let's hope Apple does the same...

4. MATOZ

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Never gonna happen my friend... Indeed, Their minds are blinded Pray for a miracle, if you believe in... whatever!

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

you havn't posted for long time.

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Take a cue Apple and if you still cant get it, well then Sammy, Moto and the team is always there to put you in your place!

21. Hemlocke unregistered

Like they have done so far?

29. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Exactly :) Sammy did replace Apple with the highest sales in smartphones and Apple responded by launcing an unfinished iPhone and iOS!

22. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Moto has really some bad luck when it comes to court hearings.

27. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

what is good? that Apple can do it and no one else can??? r*tten, greedy Apple very probably pays to all the judges....

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well they probably wouldn't have gotten far on patents that are fair and reasonable.

6. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Maybe you're right, I don't know. All I know is that I want these stupid patent wars to stop.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

lawsuits bring zero value to the consumer, hope to see less of it.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Well they probably wouldn't have gotten far on patents that are fair and reasonable." I also don't think that Apple's "rounded corners" patent was "reasonable".

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Except the chapter of using FRAND patents is pretty much behind them. You can keep living in the world as of several months ago though.

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

good move by Moto.. they need to stop the Bs lawsuits and concentrate and putting a product that consumers can enjoy and not milk the RAZR brand..

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't mind them milking the RAZR branding as long as the phones are still awesome, which they have been thus far.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Until they pull another stunt like they did with the Atrix phones and not update them. Awesome probably isn't a word I would use.

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

they are updated...even the atrix 4G received an update as well as the Droid RAZR..either way, who cares...go to XDA and grab the update there.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

DUMB MOVE BY Apple for NOT DROPPING the LAW SUIT against Samsung

23. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

didnt they pull out over a billion from that?

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, G-King talking about B.S. lawsuits in reference to Moto...perhaps, he should look at his true love - APPLE

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that makes me an expert and I call it as i see it

7. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Great story... Butchered edit. Please proof read before posting.

12. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

they werent gonna win anyway. Apple got the US government locked up. shame to be an american :(

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

i was thinking the same to! Was just about to write that. I agree+1 from me.

13. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Its all about the Google and Apple talks for the past few months. I think there are both coming to an agreement and will leave the courts out of it.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

THIS^

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If Motorola can drop a lawsuit can so the BIG GREEDY FRUIT

20. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

No never will they.

28. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Just beginning of the neverending paten war. Apple started roll the ball and now will get attacked from all sides. Moto/Google, HTC, Samsung, Kodak and later more will join to attack Apple. Alot of Davids vs Goliath. But its gonna be very hard to win a battle vs Apple in US soil, since they are protected by that corrupted land and they will protect US trademark. There are sure alot of money involved with Apple stocks and those behind it wont see Apple fall. There are no way, Apple stocks can get so high without rich/powerful peoples behind it and Im sure the US goverment are involved too. Apple get all the benefits, patents first given is already a proof and everything to keep Apple stocks high up.

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