Motorola drops ITC patent litigation against Apple in the US

Macworld Australia Staff
3 October, 2012
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Motorola has dropped its International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint against Apple according to reports, which sought an import ban on Apple products in the US.

Motorola in September claimed it would be defending its patents against infringing Apple devices that included both iOS and Mac devices.

“We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a licence leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations,” Motorola said in a statement in September.

However, according to VentureBeat, the ITC complaint has been quietly discontinued.

“Google subsidiary Motorola has terminated its International Trade Commission complaint against Apple,” VentureBeats’ John Koetsier said. “That complaint was aimed at an import ban on basically all Apple devices due to alleged infringement of no fewer than seven patents, covering location reminders, media players, alerts and notifications, and yes, Siri-style voice recognition.”

The dispute followed ongoing court battles between Apple and Motorola over alleged patent infringements in the US, and the rigorous litigation between Apple and Samsung that has seen a ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 lifted this week.



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