Microsoft and Google settle the score over patent war

Microsoft and Google settle the score over patent war

Microsoft and Google have agreed to end all patent lawsuits after 5 years of courtroom battles.

The tech giants have settled all 20 of their active lawsuits, promising future collaboration on intellectual property. A statement said: ‘Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues.

‘As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility.

‘Separately, Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers.’

The two companies first took their fight to the courts in 2010, after Google’s £7.6bn acquisition of Motorola Mobility, which gave Google ownership of Microsoft’s sizeable patent portfolio.

Microsoft initially took Google to court over the infringement of nine patents, relating to the use of certain Microsoft features on smartphones. Since then the two companies have accumulated over 20 patent disagreement across the US and Germany.

The announcement makes the manufacturers the latest to crack down on courtroom battles, with Samsung and Apple calling time on their legal disputes last year.

 

 

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