Google and Microsoft call a patent lawsuit truce

Google and Microsoft call a patent lawsuit truce
The technology patent wars have been cooling down recently and are nowhere near the awful mess that they were even just a few years ago. Apple under Tim Cook hasn't been quite as litigious, and Google has been gathering more defensive patents and patent partners. The latest cease-fire being reported is that Google and Microsoft have called a truce in their patent battles.

Google and Microsoft have settled a total of 18 lawsuits that had been ongoing in the US and Germany, including those involving Motorola. Not all patent battles between the two involve mobile technology, some cover WiFi, Xbox, and other Windows products. The terms of the deal were not revealed, but Reuters said a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the deal does not mean that there won't be any lawsuits in the future. However, Google has publicly in the past said it would only use its patent portfolio defensively.

The companies said in a joint statement that they have "agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit [their] customers." 

We can only hope that this, combined with Apple and Samsung settling their patent disputes outside of the US last year, that we may be seeing the end of the mobile patent wars. Or, we may at least be seeing the last of the battles between major entities once Apple and Samsung finish the mess they've made in US courts. Of course, patent trolls are always around. 

source: Reuters



2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Awesome! Too bad they had to go through all these fights and in the end, only the lawyers were the winners.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014


11. Crispin_Gatieza

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5. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

The lawsuits may reduce but Apple will still patent troll and use the corrupt U.S patent office to get ridiculous patents to stop anyone else using things Apple didn't even create.

6. 497362

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

so many parents are applied for every day that the patent office struggles to do the paperwork. they have no choice but to award patents that don't obviously infringe,, etc. and let others argue over it later. that means awarding a lot of frivolous patents.

7. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

That's true but it's been shown the patent office has a history of corruption and awarding patents to big companies who don't deserve it.

8. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Hopefully this will eventually lead to Google apps on Windows Phone.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1953; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is just temporary. If WP10 phones do not sell like MS anticipates, the lawsuits will pop back up.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is shocking. And seems like Google has some strong patents. I know many came from Motorola but still. It makes sense now that MS seems to be embracing Android more with all the MS apps on Google store now.

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