Apple, Google bury the legal hatchet

Must quickly record this one, for posterity and to refer back to… Apple and Google wisely agreeing to bury the legal hatchet, settling all outstanding smartphone lawsuits against each other.


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

According to the Financial Times, the patents that Google acquired via Motorola have proved useful in disputes with Microsoft (up to a point) but less so against Apple (Motorola began suing Apple in 2010, and then Google bought into it).

Tim Bradshaw writes:

The fact they did not agree a cross licence suggests that the two companies have not indemnified each other from future litigation.

While it may only be temporary, any cessation of hostilities between the creators of iOS and Android – the world’s top two mobile operating systems and their accompanying app stores – may suggest that tech companies are finally tiring of their multilateral patent wars.

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See also: Apple and Google agree to dismiss all current lawsuits between them, including SEP cases (Essential Patent blog)

See alsoApple and Google’s Motorola end their legal war over smartphones (The Guardian)

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