Apple And Google Are Working Together Without Any More Lawsuits


349477Apple and Google have been fighting it out over patents ever since Android devices went on sale. Until today, that involved more than 20 ongoing lawsuits (in the US and Germany) between the two technology behemoths. In a joint statement earlier today, Apple and Google have announced all that is over. They will be ending the patent cases and will instead work to reform patent law.

Finally  Apple and Google have decided to drop all of their direct legal battles against each other in order to focus their attention on patent reform. The two companies are arch enemies in the consumer electronics world so it takes a lot for them to make a change like this.

According to one early report from GigaOm, this change will result in around 20 active lawsuits going away.

The statement reads:

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.

While this agreement only prevents lawsuits where Google is the plaintiff and Apple is the defendant–and vice-versa–it is still significant and does send the right message to the rest of the industry.

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