Motorola surprises by withdrawing entire ITC complaint against Apple

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility withdrew its entire second International Trade Commission complaint against Apple a move that has been characterized as "one of the most surprising developments" in the dispute between the two companies.

The unexpected turn was detailed on Tuesday by intellectual property expert Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents. The complaint was first filed in mid-August, and the ITC announced a month later that it would investigate the complaint.

No reason for the withdrawal was given. A filing made by Motorola moved 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."

Mueller said that the "simplest explanation" for the motion would be a global settlement deal reached between Motorola and Apple. However, a dismissal under those circumstances is usually done with prejudice, and the motion explicitly states that "there are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation."

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"This could still be a unilateral goodwill gesture on Google's part toward Apple if high-level settlement talks are progressing well," Mueller said. "But it could also be a tactical decision involving a plan to reassert the same claims in a federal court."

In his opinion, it's most likely that Google determined the complaint was unlikely to succeed with the ITC. But he admitted the decision is a "mystery<" as withdrawals at an early stage of an investigation are "really unusual."
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  • Reply 1 of 90
    tylerk36tylerk36 Posts: 1,037member


    Motorola doesn't surprise by withdrawing itself from anything worth while.

  • Reply 2 of 90
    Mueller is the fraud the guy hates google and gets paid by google competitors!

    Hopefully this is a good sign or google taking the high road and not being a hypocrite by talking on both sides on their mouth.
  • Reply 3 of 90
    rot'napplerot'napple Posts: 1,839member
    Maybe Motorola found a flaw in their case they couldn't defend and said "Oops!" and withdrew complaint...
  • Reply 4 of 90
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,387member
    Perhaps Google used Apple Maps which read: "Dead end"
  • Reply 5 of 90
    I think Google wants to make peace with Apple.
    Better economics that way, because Apple is moving away from all things Google.
  • Reply 6 of 90
    studentxstudentx Posts: 112member
    FRAND... if you don't know what it is look it up.
  • Reply 7 of 90
    not sure why anyone keeps track of this guy anymore - regardless of what he says - he just a blogger for hire.
  • Reply 8 of 90
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    "Say hello to my little frand..."

    Oh, he's gone!
  • Reply 9 of 90
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vetinari View Post



    I think Google wants to make peace with Apple.

    Better economics that way, because Apple is moving away from all things Google.


    Perhaps there are negotiations behind the scenes. As Schmidt mentioned, they talk to Apple everyday.

  • Reply 10 of 90
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,078member


    Motorola: *shakes fists* We're gonna sue the hide off of you Apple for theft of IP!!!!

    Apple: Yeah, wutever.  Go right ahead.

    Motorola: You just wait!!  We'll sic our lawyers at you!!

    Apple: Is it time for lunch yet?

    Motorola's Lawyers: *whispers to Google execs* Shh... but Apple didn't violate anything.

    Motorola: Uhm... can we talk?

  • Reply 11 of 90
    realisticrealistic Posts: 1,117member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mstone View Post


    Perhaps there are negotiations behind the scenes. As Schmidt mentioned, they talk to Apple everyday.





    Unless Motorola or Google tells us, we will never know, so it is rather pointless to speculate about anything.

  • Reply 12 of 90
    umrk_labumrk_lab Posts: 550member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Realistic View Post




    Unless Motorola or Google tells us, we will never know, so it is rather pointless to speculate about anything.



     


     


    What for a rumor site, then ?

  • Reply 13 of 90
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,101member
    Apple has a trump card and most likely after further research the legal staff for Google, I mean Moto Mobility, gave their assessment to the board and they voted to pull the plug on this action.
  • Reply 14 of 90
    allenbfallenbf Posts: 993member


    The hell?  Eric Schmidt found Jesus?

  • Reply 15 of 90
    newbeenewbee Posts: 2,055member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Techstalker View Post





      .... google taking the high road ....


    Seeing these words in the same sentence makes me think it must be a cold day in hell.

  • Reply 16 of 90
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    It's good know Google is so altruistic¡
  • Reply 17 of 90
    umrk_labumrk_lab Posts: 550member


    don't be evil ? (no, sorry, I leave ...)

  • Reply 18 of 90
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 42,974member


    Originally Posted by allenbf View Post

    The hell?  Eric Schmidt found Jesus?


     


    No, Steve Jobs just appeared to him in a dream, four times. Young Steve, who made Schmidt feel all the pain and anguish that came from what Microsoft stole, regular Steve, who forced Schmidt to feel all the pain and anguish from what Google stole, and Future Steve, who appeared as Steve Jobs had the cancer been beaten and showed Schmidt his vision for Apple 20 years down the road.


     


    Then regular Steve returned and showed him what the world would be like without Google: No Android whoring out stolen tech, no advertising stranglehold on privacy and personal information… It was, in every way, better. And then Steve showed him what the world would be like without Apple. Blinkenlights machines until 1980, no GUI until 1989, and that was a failed experiment that didn't become usable until '93, fast forward to October 2001 and the best PMP on the market was a portable CD player that carried three (count 'em!) CDs at once, and then to 2010 where Dell releases its new tablet computer, 7.85", 16:10 screen at 640x400, powered by Microsoft PenSight 2012, a version of Microsoft InSight (TTL's Windows analogue) that supports the use of a stylus (only) on a resistive screen. Uses Intel's lowest-power chip, the lowest-end, under-clocked 25w model, only needs one fan to cool, battery lasts two hours, and it only weighs four pounds.


     


    Either that or someone just got some intelligence knocked into Google in a meeting and they withdrew everything. I prefer the former.

  • Reply 19 of 90
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    No, Steve Jobs just appeared to him in a dream, four times. Young Steve, who made Schmidt feel all the pain and anguish that came from what Microsoft stole, regular Steve, who forced Schmidt to feel all the pain and anguish from what Google stole, and Future Steve, who appeared as Steve Jobs had the cancer been beaten and showed Schmidt his vision for Apple 20 years down the road.

    Then regular Steve returned and showed him what the world would be like without Google: No Android whoring out stolen tech, no advertising stranglehold on privacy and personal information… It was, in every way, better. And then Steve showed him what the world would be like without Apple. Blinkenlights machines until 1980, no GUI until 1989, and that was a failed experiment that didn't become usable until '93, fast forward to October 2001 and the best PMP on the market was a portable CD player that carried three (count 'em!) CDs at once, and then to 2010 where Dell releases its new tablet computer, 7.85", 16:10 screen at 640x400, powered by Microsoft PenSight 2012, a version of Microsoft InSight (TTL's Windows analogue) that supports the use of a stylus (only) on a resistive screen. Uses Intel's lowest-power chip, the lowest-end, under-clocked 25w model, only needs one fan to cool, battery lasts two hours, and it only weighs four pounds.

    Either that or someone just got some intelligence knocked into Google in a meeting and they withdrew everything. I prefer the former.

    LOL!
  • Reply 20 of 90
    tooltalktooltalk Posts: 766member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vetinari View Post



    I think Google wants to make peace with Apple.

    Better economics that way, because Apple is moving away from all things Google.




    wonder if this has anything to do with the recent Appeal ruling in Microsoft vs. Motorola.

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