Lawsuit truce for Google and Microsoft
Microsoft and Google have agreed to end a five year battle over patents.
Prior to the truce, 18 lawsuits were active between the two companies, some relating to the use of technologies in Wi-Fi and mobile phones. Details of the deal were not shared, but in a joint statement the two firms said that they would ‘collaborate on certain patent matters’.
The two firms had been involved in a web of disputes, some of which were spurred by Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011.
One particularly heated row was relating to the Xbox games system, where Microsoft had said Motorola had failed in its obligation to fairly licence its patents over video compression and wireless technology.
In 2014, Google then sold the Motorola branch to Lenovo for $2.91bn but retained the bulk of the patents.
In a brief, joint statement, the companies 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 limited truce follows a similar deal between Samsung and Apple who choose to drop their patent disputes last year.