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Google and Microsoft end patent dispute over Xbox and smartphones

Google and Microsoft have agreed to a settlement of sorts in a long-running patent dispute between the two tech giants. In all, the agreement will see around 20 lawsuits dropped in the U.S. and Germany. From Bloomberg:

The companies pledged in a statement to work together in other ways related to intellectual property, including development of a royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads, in an initiative that also involves Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. They will also lobby for specific rules on a unified patent system throughout Europe.

This puts to an end a patent fight that has been running since 2010, when Microsoft first accused Google's Android of using some of its patented technologies without paying royalties. Meanwhile, Motorola had been demanding royalties from Microsoft over patents used in the Xbox. This latest move seems to signal that we may be seeing a more concerted effort for more cooperation, rather than litigation, between two of the world's largest tech firms.

Source: Bloomberg

12 Comments
  • With Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all behind developing this one compression algorithm, i have a feeling it's going to actually come to fruition. That's like 95% of the market.
  • Their coalition may mean little to nothing if the fruit company doesn't hop on board.
  • Lol ok Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a major deal for andriod manufacturers. Now they can't complain about royalties anymore Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think this has anything to do with that. AFAIK, that is an issue with the files system. Could be wrong but those 2 issues aren't related
  • Microsoft makes Billions in Android royalties from phone manufacturers not Google and those patent agreements are between Microsoft and phone manufacturers as Google does not sell Android and does not indemnify manufactures against litigation over patent disputes like Microsoft does for Windows OEM's
  • Good. Finally. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meanwhile, Apple plans on suing all of them for breaking their patent on squares. Posted via the Android Central App on my Droid Turbo
  • It's quite surprising how Apple and Microsoft are partnering with each other
  • Wouldn't surprise me. Posted from the Nexus 7 (2013) via Android Central App
  • And HTC sits in the corner looking stupid. Sprint Galaxy Tab 4, because I don't need a Super High-End tablet.
  • HTC and all the other Android OEM's already have a patent agreement with Microsoft.