Apple and Google settle all current lawsuits, agree to work together for ‘patent reform’

Ian Hardy

May 16, 2014 8:50 pm

When Google snatched up Motorola for a decent $12.5 billion they noted that “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.”

This acquisition also brought forward all active Motorola lawsuits, including the high profile patent infringement cases between Apple that date back to 2010 and relate to various smartphone related features.

Now several years later with millions of hours and dollars spent in the courtroom, both Apple and Google have agreed to shale hands and drop all pending lawsuits against each other. A joint statement by both companies stated, “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.”

This is certainly a good move on both parties and it seems they will “work together in some areas of patent reform,” probably to stop all the patent trolls from winning in the courtroom. In addition, Lenovo must be happy with this outcome as they are in the middle of acquiring Motorola Mobility from Google.

Source: Reuters
Via: TNW

  • rgl168

    The statement says “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies.” Note the word *directly*; the current Apple/Samsung lawsuits may (and probably will) continue.

  • Super_Deluxe

    So does this mean the Apple and Samsung patent war is finally over?

    • Nexzen

      Samsung is more the design of their phone, that will prob still keep going.

    • Nexzen

      anything to do with google will prob be skipped now in court, that’s all lol

    • Columbo

      Definitely not. Samsung is not Google. Apple isn’t suing Samsung because their phones run Android.

    • Eluder

      No, they’re suing Samsung because they are scared. If you look at the most recent battle, they are suing Samsung for core functionality that is in Android. Why is Apple suing Samsung for core Android features? Because they’re scared!

  • Eric_M1968

    Finally!

  • Kaero

    the statement “with millions of hours and dollars spent in the courtroom” should be reworded to not make it sound like there were millions of hours spent in the courtroom, as 1 million hours is 114 years.

    • Heretushi

      114 lawyers worked for a least a year on these cases. The statement still applies.

    • hyperhyper

      That is one big courtroom if it can hold 114 lawyers. ;) I think the original statement talked about all the people involved and not just those who necessarily stepped into the courtroom itself.

  • Al Chui

    Is this the first sign of the Apocalypse? But seriously, I’m glad to see that saner heads have finally prevailed.

  • HD Z

    Now someone should patents a procedure to reform the patents systems.
    And sue any company that try to reform the patent system.
    ;)