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Google backs off patent complaint against Apple

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO

Google-owned Motorola Mobility withdrew a patent complaint filed with a US commission, but remained quiet on Tuesday as to the reason for the legal ceasefire.

Motorola Mobility reserved the right to renew its case and said that no agreements had been worked out between the companies, according to paperwork filed on Monday with the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

The ITC had indicated it planned to investigate the Motorola claim that Apple had infringed on more than a half-dozen patents involving technology for e-mail alerts, voice controls, video and other features.

The smartphone and tablet-computing era is rife with patent battles, many pitting Apple against competitors who are building devices powered by Google-backed Android software.

Android-powered and Apple smartphones continued to dominate the US market, where both platforms increased shares evidently at the expense of BlackBerry handsets made by Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM), industry tracker comScore reported on Tuesday.

Android software remained the most popular smartphone platform with its share of the market growing 1.7 percent to 52.6 percent. Apple’s bite grew 2.4 percent to 34.3 percent, according to comScore.

RIM’s share of the US market slid 3.1 percent to 8.3 percent while Microsoft and Symbian shed .4 percent each to drop to 3.6 and .7 percent respectively.

Apple’s portion of the US market is expected to get even bigger given the record-breaking pace of sales of the iPhone 5 model released last month.

Samsung remained the top smartphone in the US with an unchanged 25.7 percent of the market at the end of August while Apple’s portion grew to 17.1 percent as compared to 15 percent in May, according to comScore.

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