Apple and Google settle court battle and agree to work together

Apple and Google have announced that the pair have settled all patent litigation between Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility. In a joint statement on Friday, the companies said the settlement does not include a cross licence to their respective patents.

The two companies informed a federal appeals court in Washington that the cases should be dismissed, according to filings on Friday. 

However, the deal does not include a cross licensing deal between the two firms. What might be more important is that both Apple and Google agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.

Google acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion in 2011, but agreed to sell off the handsets business to Lenovo earlier this year. The majority of Motorola’s vast IP library will remain with Google.

While this agreement should lead to a dismissal of some cases that are still pending, it is not expected to have any impact on Apple’s patent trials against Samsung. The first trial, during which Apple was awarded $930 million, is currently under appeal.

The second trial, during which Apple was awarded $119.6 million, still needs to go through any post-trial motions.

Despite Apple winning a small percentage of what it was asking for, Samsung has said that it will appeal that verdict as well.

Apple and Motorola battled each other in court during 2010 when Motorola accused Apple of infringing on a number of patents including one that deals with how a smartphone work on a 3G network. Apple reciprocated with a suit accusing Motorola of using its patents. Both cases were consolidated into one in 2012, and dismissed by Judge Richard Posner, who said that neither side had enough evidence to win its case. But last month, an appeals court ruled that Apple can continue to seek a sales ban against Motorola, a ruling that is now moot thanks to today’s settlement between the two companies.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]