As many of you may know, last month (or I guess two months ago now, in August) the now Google owned Motorola Mobility filed suit against Apple in the form on an International Trade Commission (ITC) patent-infringment case. It asked the ITC to ban a large amount of Apple’s most popular products from being imported into the US. Eventually, the ITC got around to it and decided it would investigate Motorola’s (and therefore, Google’s) claims. As FOSS Patents discovered however, today Google decided to withdraw said complaint. Interesting. Here is the filing:
UNOPPOSED MOTION TO TERMINATE OF COMPLAINANTS MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC, MOTOROLA MOBILITY IRELAND AND MOTOROLA MOBILITY INTERNATIONAL
Under 19 C.F.R. § 210.21(a), Complainants Motorola Mobility LLC, Motorola Mobility Ireland, and Motorola Mobility International Limited (collectively, ‘Motorola’) hereby move 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. 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.
I found the most interesting part of this to be one particular sentence – “There are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation.” No agreement was made between Google or Apple to bring about this filing. So, what did? No one except the parties involved really know. FOSS Patents brings a few ideas to the table, saying that possibly Motorola just felt it couldn’t win the case, or even that it couldn’t find all the necessary documents. Whatever it is, I’m glad this happened. One less legal battle we have to follow, though I’m sure these two will meet again.
What do you think? Curious as to what brought this about? Wondering if Google is planning something else? Let us know in the comments.