The legal battle between Apple and Google has come to an end as the two tech giants have agreed to stop fighting over smartphone patents in court and are instead going to now work together to improve patent reform in America. According to a statement from both campaniles, a legal ceasefire has been called and all ongoing lawsuits have been officially dismissed against one another.
“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.”
This isn’t a small deal that we should take lightly, as it looked like the two companies were ready to be locked into a legal war for years. In fact, they had already been battling each other in court for years but have decided that enough is enough. While the two have been fighting it out in court, Samsung has started to rise as a force on the tech market and while the truce between Apple and Google is smart business, they were likely motivated just a little by outside threats moving in.
There’s no guarantee that the two sides won’t go at it again, but for now a truce has been called and the legal battle will turn into a partnership to improve patent reform.