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Apple and Motorola Mobility Agree to Throw Out Patent Lawsuit

by Brandon Russell | May 16, 2014May 16, 2014 5:15 pm PST

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Reuters reports that Apple and Motorola Mobility have agreed to dismiss a patent lawsuit that dated all the way back to 2012. On one side, Motorola accused Apple of being unwilling to license pants regarding location and email notifications; on the other, Apple said Motorola Mobility had unfair terms for licensing its own patents. This agreement between the two companies comes after the Cupertino company was awarded nearly $120 million in a patent trial with Samsung.

Apple and Motorola Mobility released a joint statement on Friday, saying the settlement does not include an agreement to cross license patents. “Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform,” the statement said, via Reuters. That’s a huge step toward easing tensions surrounding the nuclear war declared by Steve Jobs against Android years ago. If Google and Apple can actually settle down and let go of each other’s throats for a second, we might see an end to these dubious patent cases—or at least less of them.

Apple’s case against Motorola was initially dismissed by a federal judge in 2012, but was reborn in an appeals court last month. It appears, however, Apple has zero intention of pursuing any further action. With both companies accusing one another, neither had much to gain other than more and more legal bills; it’s taken this long for both to just say, “Forget about it.” Apple and Motorola on Friday informed an appeals court requesting the cases be dismissed, Reuters said.

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