Apple and Google/Motorola to stop suing each other

Nothing about Apple vs Samsung though

In a statement release through Reuters here, last week [May 2014], Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies. Now that might sound that all of those futileĀ  court cases are a thing of the past but it’s not. There’s no mention of any end of the battle between Samsung and Apple over the iPhone. We reckon that the biggest winner out of all of this is going to be China’s Lenovo which is expected to take the Motorola Mobility handset business of Google’s handset – leaving the search company holding the old Motorola patents.

Google acquired Motorola Mobility back in 2012 for $12.5 billion, but back in January [2024] announced was it selling Motorola Mobility’s handset business to Lenovo for a bargain $2.91 billion (see our previous story).

The two companies said the settlement does not include a cross license to their respective patents. Plus they have also agreed to work together in some areas of ‘patent reform’.

Apple’s litigation against Samsung Electronics apparently still stands as no dismissal notices were filed in those cases.

The patent reform bit is an attempt to put pressure on the US government to stop ‘patent trolls’ or those individuals or entities that file patent battles in an attempt to get pay outs.

It’s a bit ironic given that Apple constantly accuses Samsung of copying the iPhone and tries to get its products banned from import into the USA whilst Samsung says it has patents on some of the technology that Apple uses.

GoMo News does wonder, however, if this agreement is meant to sweeten the deal for Lenovo as US courts regularly show a bias against Asian based high tech companies.

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC - http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/
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