Apple and Google/Motorola Settle Smartphone Patent Litigation

Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility Unit have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphone technology,  according to a Reuters report citing newly-discovered court filings.

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Apple Inc and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphone technology, ending one of the highest profile lawsuits in technology.

As noted by Reuters, the settlement does not include a cross license to the two companies’ respective patents and that the two companies had agreed to ‘work together in some areas of patent reform’. The settlement also does not extend to Apple’s patent claims against South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung.

The two companies informed a federal appeals court in Washington that the cases should be dismissed, according to filings on Friday. However, the deal does not appear to apply to Apple’s litigation against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, as no dismissal notices were filed in those cases.

The settlement brings to a close the long drawn-out legal battle between the two tech giants, whom until Friday, had 20 lawsuits pending against each other. The lawsuits relate mainly to intellectual property claims by both companies in relation to smartphone technology, with Google using patents inherited from its acquisition of Motorola in 2012 to defend its Android operating system against claims from Apple.

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One response to “Apple and Google/Motorola Settle Smartphone Patent Litigation

  1. Pingback: Apple Files Injunction Against Samsung, Seeks Retrial of Patent Case | reddotmac·

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