Apple and Google end patent dispute
20 May, 2014
Apple and Google have confirmed that they have ended all existing patent disputes between them.
Both businesses have been involved in a number of disputes over mobile patents in Europe and the USA.
According to a Bloomberg report, the companies said in a joint statement: “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.”
Google’s enforcement of patents increased following its acquisition of Motorola Mobility (Motorola) in 2012. At the time of the takeover Motorola owned approximately 17,000 patents and had made a further 6,000 applications in relation to mobile devices, which represented a significant increase in Google’s own patent portfolio at the time.
Apple is still in dispute with Samsung over mobile patents in a number of countries around the world.