Google backs off patent complaint against Apple
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google-owned Motorola Mobility withdrew a patent complaint filed with a United States commission but remained quiet on Tuesday as to the reason for the legal ceasefire.
Motorola Mobility reserved the right to renew its case and said that no agreements had been worked out between the companies, according to paperwork filed on Monday with the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
The ITC had indicated it planned to investigate the Motorola claim that Apple had infringed on more than a half-dozen patents involving technology for e-mail alerts, voice controls, video and other features.
The smartphone and tablet computing era is rife with patent battles, many pitting Apple against competitors who are building devices powered by Google-backed Android software.