Apple and Google give peace a chance


Ended, the patent war has.

Hell has frozen over: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) have finally declared a truce in their long-standing patent war. Now joining forces on a quest to fight the evil trolls of Patent Pending, the two companies will likely continue to fight the good fight in patent courts for years to come.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are exhausted after the battle.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.


Martyn Williams picks up the pieces:

Two giants of the mobile phone industry, Apple and Google, have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.


Apple filed a lawsuit with the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2010 against Motorola Mobility...subsequently acquired by Google. Google has since agreed to sell the smartphone business to Lenovo, but the deal has not yet closed.  MORE


We find Iain Thomson brokering a peace deal:

Thus ends one of the most rancorous chapters in the patent wars...being fought in courts around the world. Apple took on Motorola in 2010 as part of Steve Jobs' "thermonuclear war" against Android, with the Apple boss vowing to "spend my last dying breath if I need to."  MORE


Strangely, Adario Strange continues fighting:

[The] ceasefire between Apple and Google doesn't end the ongoing legal skirmish between Apple and Samsung, which continue to do battle internationally over a wide array of smartphone patents.  MORE


"War, what was it good for?" asks Jeff John Roberts:

A person familiar with the litigation said the truce will end about 20 lawsuits in the United States and Germany, including proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission.


The patent fights...have resulted in hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars in legal cost to each side, but have failed to make a material difference in the smartphone market.


The legal brouhaha [has led] to renewed debates over the role of patents in promoting innovation and led to doubts over the efficacy of the U.S. patent system in the first place, with one famous judge declaring the patent system "dysfunctional."  MORE


Meanwhile, Brian X. Chen forces frivolous trolls to pay little extra:

Apple and Google have both been sued nearly 200 times in the last five years by businesses that exist solely to file patent lawsuits. Apple last year was the top target for patent lawsuits, and Google was among the top three. To combat trolls, both companies earlier this year asked the Supreme Court to make it easier to collect lawyers' fees from patent holders who lose frivolous patent suits.  MORE

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