Google And Apple Make Peace, Finally!
Two of the world’s largest technology giants, Apple and Google, have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other concerning smartphone patents.
As the tech titans owning the top two smartphone platforms in the world called a truce in a long-running patent war, analysts see the end of one of the highest-profile lawsuits in the field of technology.
Blast from the past
The most high-profile case between Apple and Motorola began in 2010. Motorola accused Apple of infringing several patents, including one essential to how mobile phones operate on a 3G network. The iPhone maker hit back with a patent suit of its own saying Motorola violated its patents to certain smartphone features.
The Cupertino major accused rivals using Google’s Android software of copying features from its popular mobile devices. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs also called Android a “stolen product.”
Google inherited the cases in 2012 when it bought Motorola’s mobile phone business for $12.5 billion in what experts believed was a move to use its patents for defending Android operating software in the increasingly litigious smartphone and tablet markets. Early this year, Google agreed to sell Motorola Mobility to Chinese computer major Lenovo, although the acquisition has not been completed.
The present scenario
In the current scenario, the nearly two dozen patent suits and countersuits between Motorola and Apple that date back four years from now have been dropped. According to a report in Fortune, none of the sides were getting much traction in court, and when Google sold Motorola’s smartphone division to Lenovo, the old dispute stopped making much sense.
According to a Reuters report, 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. Apple and Google also said in a joint statement that they would work together on patent reform.
This does not imply that the long standing rivals have turned friends as the statement said they did not agree to cross license each other’s technologies, especially after all the bitter exchange of words and actions, it would be a challenge for both the giants to become industry’s best pals.
The Samsung battle
Moreover, the settlement does not include Apple’s battle with Samsung, for accusing each other of stealing aspects of their smartphone designs. Despite Google stating it had “dropped all lawsuits against each other,” it needs.
A California jury finds Samsung guilty of infringing Apple’s patents, but crtitics believe Apple’s courtroom victories aren’t slowing Android’s smartphone market success, which is on nearly 80% of smartphones. While, Apple too sells tens of millions of iPhones each quarter, it has also continued to lose market share as Android and its supporters have outdone Apple in recent quarters.
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