In a surprising twist, Motorola Mobility (GOOG) has withdrawn an ITC complaint against Apple...


In a surprising twist, Motorola Mobility (GOOG) has withdrawn an ITC complaint against Apple (AAPL) that was filed in August, and which covered 7 non-standards-essential software patents. Some possible reasons: Google/Motorola didn't think it would receive a favorable ruling; Google is making a goodwill gesture; Google would prefer to take its infringement complaints to a courtroom.

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  • gensearch2
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    Another possible reason is that we know that Apple and Google are in talks and they might see a possible agreement in sight and have decided to put the public fight at least on hold.

     

    But the fact is, we have no idea why Google withdrew and there's no point at all in speculating why they did.
    2 Oct 2012, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • joshpritchard
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    i think that falls under in the "goodwill gesture" category
    2 Oct 2012, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    The best explanation for Motorola’s decision to withdraw its complaint is the appointment of Administrative Law Judge Theodore Essex to oversee the investigation. Judge Essex, who is also handling Microsoft’s ITC complaint against Motorola, is known for being hard on complainants. It is therefore possible that Motorola weighed the chances and benefits of victory against a drawn out and difficult investigation and decided to drop the matter entirely.

     

    Motorola was also having difficulty acquiring all the documents related to its patents, and may not have been able to find and certify all necessary documentation.
    2 Oct 2012, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • podmeister
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    Can you "wild speculation" any more clearly?

     

    Anyway... one thing I doubt is that there is any goodwill left when it comes to the mobile market. Apple is deadly serious about this game, and the late Steve Jobs was willing to throw all of Apple's resources in to going "thermonuclear" on Andriod.

     

    No, the time for goodwill has come and gone. It's all about protecting turf now. More likely this was a strategic move.
    2 Oct 2012, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • Gary Bushwacher
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    Aw shucks guys - it's an olive branch

     

    (insert winking smiley here)
    2 Oct 2012, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Google-Motorola lost with their best patents already. Withdrawing maybe a signal that Google is waking up.

     

    http://bit.ly/RyxGRi
    2 Oct 2012, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • Stockgal87
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    Goodwill gesture from Google? Surely that was intended as humor :)

     

    Everyone knew those were Frand standards patents. Google was wasting time and money pursuing those claims, and didn't want to wear out the court's patience. FOSS patents website covered this very well.

     

    Google wanted to show it got some bang for its $12 billion bucks buying Motorola. Most now conclude they should have looked at the patent portfolio a little closer before they pulled the trigger. There just isn't much of interest there.
    2 Oct 2012, 04:05 PM Reply Like
  • danzada
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    I'm sick of hearing the whole patent portfolio thing. Google bought mobile phone manufacturer too you know. They've shown their willingness to release devices under their name through partnering with ASUS. Now they can partner with themselves and keep the hardware margins.
    2 Oct 2012, 06:06 PM Reply Like
  • manojdivatia
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    why is the price still down ? Can any one comment on the following observations ?

     

    Following tech companies with a huge market cap and being in similar business for some unknown reason has a very WIDE PRICE EPS AND PE RATIOS
    Can any one explain the huge difference in such behavior from the most sensible market such as wall street ?

     

    Company EPS Price PE range Av. PE M. Cap
    AAPL 42.55 652-700 15.52-16.6 16 613.18
    GOOG 33.73 740-770 21.93-22.8 22.4 246.48
    MSFT 2 25-35 12.5-17.5 15 248.32
    AMZN* 0.82 230-250 280-304 239 113.06
    YHOO** 0.89 15-17 16.85-19.1 17.9 18.87
    2 Oct 2012, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • itexrex
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    It is a movement towards reconciliation through prospective licensing. The cost of litigation is like the cost of war. Few can afford full scale conflict.
    2 Oct 2012, 05:25 PM Reply Like
  • mrfisher111
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    Nobody will win any sort of court room battles against apple. The problem all these companies have is the fact apple made all these products first and all these companies are copying apple. So there is no way they can win. Apple can just simply say we started all this and they copied.
    2 Oct 2012, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Yet you don't see MSFT coming around and trying to sue AAPL about their tablet, do you?
    2 Oct 2012, 11:03 PM Reply Like
  • pocohonta
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    I disagree with all of the above speculations.... My own wild guess: It's a tactical move by Google lawyers so that the suits (being dropped) do not get combined with its other (ongoing) suits against Apple, and thus slowing down the other suit (which actually stand a chance of winning). The lawyers are under pressure to perform and to earn their keeps by at least having a few wins under their belts against Apple.
    This move is not a "good will" or an "olive branch". It's also not about which judge will preside, nor are there any settlement talk, because the nature of the suits will never be "win-win", but always a cut-throat "win-lose"
    3 Oct 2012, 01:24 AM Reply Like
  • raech22
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    Like the two tech giants that they are, Apple and Google would probably only succeed in beating each other up which would probably only be a win for their competitors.
    3 Oct 2012, 03:08 AM Reply Like
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