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Apple and Google Agree to Drop All Current Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other

Apple and Google Agree to Drop All Current Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other

Posted May 17, 2014 at 2:48am by iClarified
Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent lawsuits against one another. The lawsuits involved Google's Motorola unit, which is now being sold to Lenovo.

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

Motorola sued Apple for patent infringement in 2010, after which Apple countersued. Google inherited the suits when it purchased Motorola in 2012. Until today, the companies were battling it out in about 20 lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany.


An Apple spokeswoman told the WSJ that the deal doesn't affect the company's patent litigation against Samsung. While Google is frequently mentioned in those cases, it's not formally a party to them.

It's thought that Google may have been motivated to settle after regulators criticized Motorola for pursuing injunctions against Apple based on patents it was required to license out. Apple may have lost incentive to fight due to the sale of Motorola to Lenovo.

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Apple and Google Agree to Drop All Current Patent Lawsuits Against Each Other


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Woz
Woz - May 17, 2014 at 6:50pm
Looks like Apple is scared of Google.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - May 17, 2014 at 6:51pm
Looks like someone is scared of admitting truths.
DarkSide
DarkSide - May 20, 2014 at 12:41am
Looks like apple is about to "borrow" a lot more from Android.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - May 20, 2014 at 12:42am
Looks like someone still has their wannabe hopes.
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - May 17, 2014 at 12:22pm
I guess android can't eat the apple because the apple today is still there all because he has no teeth, so this picture was the outcome. The end.
dribble
dribble - May 17, 2014 at 12:20pm
Love the graphic!
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& - May 17, 2014 at 8:23am
This is better. Competition is important- but unfriendly competition is short sighted.
Samwell
Samwell - May 17, 2014 at 6:07am
If the interview with Steve woz was right about apple should have a phone that runs android, I think this will be the start of a new merge.
Saul
Saul - May 17, 2014 at 3:10am
\(OoO)/ LIES!!!!
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - May 17, 2014 at 2:53am
Working together changes nothing. It would share parts with each other if that's what either is going for.
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