Apple and Google have had a long-running battle over patents that now appears to be over. Both companies have agreed to call a truce and dismiss all existing patent disputes. In fact, the two companies will work together on patent reform.
“Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the companies announced in a joint statement. “Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.”
In the past, Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility have accused the other of stealing their technology to use in products such as smartphones and tablets. In a recent case, Apple sued Google, arguing the Android platform was a knockoff of its operating system and an infringement on copyright laws.
There have been several other lawsuits between the two companies, but it appears that they will leave each other alone.
“It’s a huge relief to see these companies finally recognize that competing in the courtroom doesn’t make sense,” said Julie Samuels, executive director of Engine Advocacy. “Instead of spending millions of dollars enriching patent lawyers, they’ll put those resources into real competition—in the marketplace.”
What will this mean for you, the consumer? Hopefully, better technology for the future. With the phone companies now turning their efforts to development rather than protection, you might be able to enjoy features and add-ons that you never thought possible. Only time will tell, but at least there appears to be peace in the cellular patent world.