Mi­crosoft and Google call truce in patent wars

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

Tech­nol­ogy ti­tans Mi­crosoft and Google on Wed­nes­day an­nounced that they have agreed to end all patent in­fringe­ment lit­i­ga­tion against each other.

Le­gal bat­tles be­tween the com­pa­nies in­cluded suits over tech­nol­ogy for In­ter­net-linked mo­bile de­vices, Wi-Fi and dig­i­tal video.

De­tails of the agree­ment were not dis­closed, but the tech be­he­moths said it in­cludes cases re­lated to Mo­torola Mo­bil­ity.

“The com­pa­nies will dis­miss all pend­ing patent in­fringe­ment lit­i­ga­tion be­tween them, in­clud­ing cases re­lated to Mo­torola Mo­bil­ity,” Mi­crosoft and Google said in a joint state­ment.

Google last year sold Mo­torola Mo­bil­ity to Chi­nese com­puter gi­ant Len­ovo in a deal val­ued at US$2.9 bil­lion, but held on to patents.

“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.”

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