Google withdraws patent complaint against Apple

  • Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has withdrawn a complaint of patent infringement against Apple.

    In a filing with the International Trade Commission (ITC), Motorola Mobility said it was dropping without prejudice a complaint that Apple had infringed on seven Motorola patents.

    The announcement comes two weeks after the ITC voted to look into Motorola’s claims against Apple.

    Google and Apple have been locked in an international patent dispute since 2010, with Apple looking to impede the growth of Google's Android system.

    In August, the two companies were reported to have held settlement talks. However, Google said in its filing that "there are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation."

    Google’s withdrawal comes as Samsung ramped up its patent battle with Apple in the U.S. On Monday, the South Korean company included the new iPhone 5 to a list of devices it accuses of infringing its patents.

    The move is the latest in a long running patent war between the two firms.

    Apple recently scored a major victory against Samsung after a California federal court in August ordered the latter to pay $1.05 billion in damages for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad.