Microsoft and Google patent feud has finally come to an end. This agreement is similar to the way in which Apple and Samsung have also finished a long running race in court over legal rights. According to sources in the tech industry, the organizations dropped a series of smart phone and game console-based court cases in the United States and Europe.
As part of this mutual agreement, both software giants will drop all awaiting lawsuits between them that are related to patent violation. Such a relevant case is the one regarding Motorola Mobility. Google bought Motorola Mobility a few years ago, but then it sold it to Chinese company Lenovo.
On separate occasions, Microsoft and Google have decided to work together on several patent problems. They predict a profitable collaboration in other domains later on to benefit clients of both companies.
The fight goes back more than five years ago, when Microsoft opened two lawsuits against Motorola Mobility. It claimed a violation of FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) certification contracts.
Motorola responded with a court action in Europe during the summer of 2011. Only one year later, international authorities discovered that Microsoft’s console gaming system indeed breached several Motorola patents. In a similar way, German officials later decided that Motorola also infringed Redmond’s smart phone patents. This was before Redmond started working with Motorola in the app-patent fight against Microsoft.
This year, after Google sold the Motorola smart phone branch to Lenovo for $2.9 billion dollars, both giants have a new leadership. Further financial terms of this agreement have not been disclosed, but we can only assume that future profits of their collaboration will be divided between these tech giants
The legal issues that have been resolved include cases related to smart phones, video development and wireless technologies. This does not mean that Microsoft dropped its strategy to gather royalties from Android product creators. This lawsuit was started for the operating system’s claimed violation of Microsoft’s legal patents.
It is not certain from the declaration on which aspect both corporations will be collaborating in the future. Experts have already started to see patterns of what is really going on. The two companies decided recently to perform together with other tech innovators, like Mozilla and Netflix, on a royalty-free codec.
Only future will decide if the agreement leads to better results between Google and Microsoft in other domains. A significant negative point for customers has been the absence of a YouTube application made by Google for mobile phones and tablets working on Windows.
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