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Apple and Google reach accord over patents

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Mon May 19 2014, 09:39
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APPLE AND GOOGLE have settled their patent differences out of court.

The firms released a joint statement over the weekend, and effectively closed down an episode of patent push me, pull you ping pong.

The firms have agreed to halt litigation, but didn't enter patent cross licensing agreements.

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," said the 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."

The litigation is around four years old and was related to Motorola Mobility, a firm that Google bought largely for its mobile phone patents and sold the rest to Lenovo.

The court battle was a long-running one that Apple tried to end when Google acquired Motorola Mobility. Motorola had three lawsuits pending against Apple at the time, and Apple had fired back with its own. Motorola's lawsuits could have seen sales of Apple hardware like the iPhone suspended from sale in the US.

The two firms were joined in a number of legal battles in both the US and Europe. These are all behind them now.

Apple said that its agreement with Google not affect its ongoing litigation against Samsung.

When Google announced its intention to buy Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5bn, it promised to license its patents on FRAND [fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory] terms. µ


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