Apple and Google announce ceasefire

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 5 months ago)

Tech giants Apple and Google have jointly announced that they will be giving up any ongoing lawsuits aimed at each other, and will instead be working together to help push patent reform forward. This will see 20 current lawsuits being dismissed, these based on anything from cloud storage to productivity tools. 

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," said the two companies in a statement. "Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license."

The detente follows the recent closing of a lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, which ended in a $120 million fine for the latter to be paid to the former. While the statement seems promising, this doesn't mean that legal action cannot actively be purused in cases of harm to their core businesses. A detente it may be, but we are unlikely to see Apple and Google being buddy-buddy with each other any time soon. 

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