Apple vs. Motorola

Today, both Apple and Google announced that the companies have agreed to dismiss a patent suit against each other. The lawsuit was filed over claimed patent infringements in the Apple iPhone and smartphones made by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that runs on the Android OS.

Interestingly, however, though the suit was voluntarily dismissed by the two parties, there is no cross-licensing agreement involved. Reuters said that "the companies said the settlement does not include a cross license to their respective patents." However, both companies are committing to work together on patent reform.

In recent years, Apple and a number of smartphone vendors that use Google's Android operating system have been engaged in numerous lawsuits. Most famously, HTC had decided to settle with Apple while rival Samsung's famous court battles have resulted in the Galaxy-maker paying a fine to Apple.

Google had announced that it will be selling off the Motorola Mobility hardware business to Chinese PC-maker Lenovo. The search giant will be retaining Motorola's patent library as part of the deal. That deal is still pending regulatory approval.

Source: Reuters

 

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Apple and Motorola settle their patent fight

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I wonder, does the dismissal of this lawsuit by both parties have anything to do with the sale of Motorola to Lenovo?

Probably not. More likely that neither side saw the cases ending the way they wanted, or getting tossed like some of the past ones.
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Yeah, you're probably right. Maybe, the result of the Samsung lawsuit had something to do with this. In the end, even if they both don't agree to some sort of cross-licensing agreement, it is probably in their best interest to cut down on the amount of lawsuits.

Google threatened to pull Google Services from the iPhone and force Apple users to see that that Apple doesnt have the services they need.

And with Emerging Markets getting really really cheap and good Android devices with Google Services, Google might be banking on that Apple won't be relevant to future generations.

Google always has a few good cards to play. They rarely ever go after apple on all the stuff they copied from android, and I'm sure it's for a good reason. In the end Google would not want lose their services from that platform either, even if it's just 17% of the market, but that's worldwide, like 45-49% in the US which means the most.

It's just too bad this won't squash the Rockstar Consortium suit, since I'm sure all these companies want to get a return on their 4.5 Billion plus a few hundred percent in interest for buying the patents. And if they can beat Google, Samsung will probably have to go straight into settlement too when the come after them next and with a court battle already won which establishes precedent.

Apple can live without Google services. In case you didn't notice, apple has pretty much removed Google from all of their devices.

At this point Google gains more from being on iOS than apple does, so they won't be leaving any time soon.

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Apple sues Lenovo --> Chinese government gets upset --> bans Apple from China --> Apple loses a huge market that they really want to be a big factor in. Of course I very well may be out in left field on that thought.

You forgot one step: US government retaliates by not allowing the Motorola sale and lenovo loses access to a critical market it needs too.

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Most likely it's because there was something big each had on the other, so they just decided they would drop it and spare the damages
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I'd like to see the volume of these tone down and those resources become freed for feature/product development. The most interesting idea here is working for patent reform. I hope that happens and that everyone is committed to a cleaner and more common sense approach to IP. This was starting to get as dumb as patent trolling in genetics and we should definitely pause and think before jumping over that cliff.

Take off the gloves..
Let's just pour a beer and chill...
I like that.
Wish I could be more like that.. But the boxer in me just love to punch.. and watch my opponent bleed..

Its kinda of stupid to me really. You don't see car companies sueing each other for having round steering wheels. Dumb example but you get my point.

Unfortunately, this does not mean Samsung is off the hook yet in Apple's case. If anything, this makes them look worse as they probably expected Apple to take them to court once again. But it seems far less likely with this settlement with Motorola.

Motorola is lucky. Samsung is apple's main focus and that. For now at least. Im glad apple has decided to stop feeding for now. But I'm sure Samsung will get hit in the future and next.

Motorola seems to have all the luck lately :D

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Yeah.. but you know what?
Samsung needs to stop making phones with that damn big physical home button.. IMO that's what got them in trouble with Boss Man Apple in the first place.. I know some like it.. but, Google's standard called for onscreen buttons anyway with Android.. And Samsung REALLY needs a design change.. Get with it Sammy! and get the Boss Man off your back..

Ya a button on the front of an electronic device, haven't seen that before anywhere else, ever (sarcasm)

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Yeah, but he does have a point. Google implemented on-screen buttons to prevent OEMs from copying Apple's design.

Apple has a new iPhone coming and it is a year that a major redesign will hit. I would imagine they will start holding off on the lawsuits until the 6s is released and their profits start falling again. This year will be a huge year for them.

You make little sense. What´s more Apple only seems to be focused on Samsung. It has settled with just about everyone else. Court cases doesn´t increment profits unless they win a huge settlement, which they haven´t until now, so I don´t think they will be betting their financial future on them. The tension between Apple & Samsung has to do with a little more than profits falling IMHO.

You know why things like patent reform will never change? Because we all complain about it on Internet forums/blogs but make no effort to really do something. It's ridiculous a a company that companies can file a patent, not use it, and then sue. Also ridiculous a large company selling electronics that are no longer up to date a year or two later get such a long protection on their patent. Write your Congress man/woman of you care to do a little more.

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They probably didn't keep going with Motorola because there not as successful as Samsung. Blot only floors Apple want money, they want to attack Samsung to share every other manufacturer.

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