/// Rapprochement or Retreat? Motorola Mobility Drops ITC Patent Complaint Against Apple.
An unexpected development in Apple’s ongoing patent battle with Google. The search giant’s Motorola Mobility division on Tuesday abruptly withdrew a recent complaint it had brought against Apple with the International Trade Commission. Filed in mid-August, the complaint accused Apple of infringing seven Motorola patents and asked the ITC to ban The iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4 and 4S, the iPad 2 and new iPad, the Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, which Google argued were in violation of them. On September 19, the ITC agreed to review Google’s claims . So its sudden withdrawal just a few weeks later is remarkable to say the least. What happened? That’s not clear, and Motorola hasn’t replied to a request for comment. But there are two rationales that spring immediately to mind. The first: Those “secret” settlement talks between Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have begun to show promise and Google is backing off as a result. The second: Google’s no longer quite as confident in its chances to prevail over Apple at the ITC