Apple and Google have brought legal cases against one another to an end and promised to work together on patent reform in a move that could signal the beginning of the end for the patent battles that have dominated the sector.
A statement released by both firms says that all "current lawsuits" between the parties will be dismissed, and that they now intend to "work together" on patent reform.
This primarily covers the legal battle between Apple and Motorola, with the statement from both firms making it clear that this new spirit of peace and harmony would not extend to Apple's litigation against Samsung.
"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," said the firms in a statement.
"Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross-license."
The legal dispute dates back to 2010 and a move by Motorola Mobility against Apple. Motorola accused Apple of infringing a number of patents, including one essential to how mobile phones operate on a 3G network. Apple hit back claiming Motorola violated its patents to certain smartphone features, and a series of cases ensued.
Apple had asked for a cessation when Google took over the Motorola stable in 2012, but Google refused and the cases continued, with various twists over the years.
Both firms have sought sales bans and royalties over the years. For example, in 2012 Motorola went after a 2.5 percent royalty on Apple hardware sales.
Also in 2012, Judge Richard Posner advised the firms to settle, on the grounds that neither firm had enough evidence to prove its case although a recent ruling did pave the way for the firms to renew this battle, but this course of action has now been ended.
The intense rivalry between Apple and Google dates from 2008 when a furious Steve Jobs – on learning of Android – said that he would rain down "thermonuclear war" on Google.
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