• Apple and Google Agree to Drop All Ongoing Lawsuits and Work Towards a Patent Reform

    After years of being stuck in lawsuits, Apple and Google recently announced that they would be dropping all actions related to smartphone technology. The peace treaty is mainly applicable to Google’s Motorola subsidiary, with which Apple has been fighting in court since 2010. According to joint statement issued today, the companies not only agreed to drop ongoing lawsuits but promised to work together on patent reform, which is one of the most hotly contested topics in tech according to Reuters. The following was mentioned regarding the matter:

    Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies. Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.
    As a result of the agreement, Apple and Google informed a federal appeals court in Washington, that all cases pending and ongoing should be dismissed. Both companies entered numerous filings recently.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple was first sued by Motorola in 2010 over alleged infringement of smartphone technology patents. Apple responded with its own countersuit, which spawned a number of ancillary cases across the US and Europe. Google then inherited the dispute when it bought Motorola Mobility in 2012. At the time, Google’s Larry Page characterized Apple and Microsoft’s litigation against Motorola as “anticompetitive,” which forced the Internet search giant to acquire the beleaguered handset maker.

    It was previously reported in January that Google would be selling off the Motorola name to Lenovo, but would keep a “vast majority” of approximately 17,000 held patents for purposes of licensing and bolstering Android’s backend. The agreement comes amid a boom in tech-related litigation rom companies, individuals and so-called “patent trolls.” Larger firms are looking to patent reform as a way to curb the onslaught of lawsuits but efforts have been fruitless thus far. Apple and HTC announced a similar agreement to dismiss ongoing in 2012 that came with a ten-year licensing deal crafted to protect against future suits.

    The recent Apple and Google announcement specifically noted that there would be no cross-licensing agreements between the two companies, an unsurprising move given the intense competition between the iOS and Android operating systems. The background as to why the two companies decided to the peace treaty remains unclear though the step forward doesn’t impact Apple’s ongoing lawsuits with other handset makers that use Google’s Android operating system including Samsung.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Google Agree to Drop All Ongoing Lawsuits and Work Towards a Patent Reform started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      kalpesh78 -
      Nooo.... the post on modmyi would be reduced to 1/4th if these lawsuits stop.
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