Apple and Google Call it a Truce, Agree to Drop All Lawsuits
Article by George Norman
On 19 May 2014
Apple and Google have been battling it out in court for quite some time now. But it seems that the two giants decided to call it a truce.

The two companies announced that they agreed to drop all current patent infringement suits between them. In a joint statement the two companies released, they added that they will “work together in some areas of patent reform.”

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As I mentioned at the start, Apple and Google have been battling it out in court for quite some time now. Just to put things in perspective, the two companies have over 20 patent-related lawsuits against each other.

Motorola is the source of squabble between the two companies.

With the $12.5 billion it paid for Motorola Mobility in 2012, Google purchased two things: lots of mobile industry patents and a series of patent infringement lawsuits with Apple – costly, time consuming lawsuits.

In January 2014, Google decided to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, while retaining the vast majority of Motorola’s patents. This meant that the legal battles with Apple would drag on.

In a surprising turn of events, the two technology giants announced that they will drop all current patent infringements suits and will work together for pattern reform.

“Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license."

Apple vs. Samsung, now that’s a different battle. It is a well-known fact that Google supports Samsung in this battle. Now that Apple and Google agreed to stop battling it out over patent disputes, does this mean Google will no longer back Samsung in its patent disputes with Apple? Or, could Samsung follow Google’s example and settle with Apple?




Tags: Google, Apple, Samsung, lawsuit, court, patent
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