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October 1, 2015

Google, Microsoft End Five-Year Patent Feud

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Google and Microsoft have ended their years’ long patent war.

The tech titans, who had been at odds for more than five years, have dropped all 20 of the lawsuits they had filed against one another.

Microsoft had accused Google of using codes for Android and Chrome that violate its patents — patents that Google had classified as “bogus.”

Google’s former Motorola Mobility unit, meanwhile, wanted Microsoft to dole out billions each year for the software giant’s use of wireless and video-encoding patents in its Xbox and Windows products.

“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,” the companies said in a joint statement.

The two firms pledged collaboration on matters related to intellectual property, such as development of a royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads — a project that also includes Amazon and Netflix. They will also lobby for specific rules on a unified patent system throughout Europe.

The deal was definitely to Google’s benefit, especially as it no longer owns Motorola Mobility.

Patent expert Florian Mueller wrote two years ago that Google would eventually be forced to sign an agreement with Microsoft.

Google purchased Motorola Mobility in 2011 in an effort to bolster its intellectual property portfolio and give it a better chance against infringement claims — a move that has been largely unsuccessful. Google sold its Motorola unit to Lenovo last year.

(Via Bloomberg)


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.