Technology giants Apple and Google have decided to drop all the Motorola related patent lawsuits against each other in good faith. In a joint statement that was issued by the two companies, they 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.”
One of the reason why Motorola was acquired by Google for $12.5 billion was the wide array of patents it owned and Google still owns them even after the handset business was sold to Lenovo. Apple and Motorola first went up against each other in 2010 where they both went against each other saying that the other one infringed their patents.
With smartphone technologies advancing each day, more often than not the features are somewhat similar in the devices and that leads to the battle between the technology giants. The Apple vs Samsung battle still continues around the world and doesn’t seem to cease. Steve Jobs was of the opinion that Android was a “stolen product”. Companies want to protect their Research and Development and end up filing a slew of cases against one another. For the time being, one big battle has been laid to rest. What’s next?