Google posts a year in review that has many messages
Google's property Motorola Mobility dropped a patent infringement complaint against Apple.
Motorola Mobility dropped the case in a filing with the International Trade Commission on Monday, according to Reuters. The filling dropped a complaint that Apple infringed on seven Motorola patents.
Apple declined to comment on the suit, but Google told Reuters, "As we have said many times before, we will continue to vigorously defend our partners."
Both companies have been battling each other over patents; Apple attempting to stop the proliferation of Android, while Google is attempting to stop patent-gobbling Apple from infringing on its profits. While the two were reportedly in settlement talks in August, no agreements were made.
On Aug. 24, Samsung -- an Android manufacturer -- was ordered to pay $1.05 billion to Apple for patent infringement.
While the two companies seem as if they are at a standstill, or that Google is relenting, that may not be the case. The complaint can be submitted again, and at least one blogger said he thinks it's because Google doesn't want to be consolidated with another, earlier case. In essence, Google wants its case to start off as a winner and is willing to wait for a better time to go after Apple.