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By Ryan Hite     May 17, 2014 in Business
Apple and Google agree to end their patent battle for a time. The patents relating to mobile phone technology has been at the center of competition between two tech giants and has drawn lines between mobile phone patents.
Google and Apple declared a truce in the long court battle over fundamental concepts behind mobile phone technologies, an announcement that sees two tech giants showing promise to join forces on the issue of patent reform.
The lawsuits started four years ago and were a part of a battle begun by the phone company Motorola Mobility, which is now owned by Google. Apple had responded initially by suing Motorola Mobility.
Motorola Mobility’s original lawsuits encompassed basic technology upon which modern mobile phones are based. Things such as the App store, mobile email, and location services have been fought about.
Had Apple lost, the courts could have prevented it from making iPhones. In response, Apple filed its own suits, arguing that Motorola, the maker of phones running Google’s Android, was infringing on the iPhone’s basic software.
The settlement of these lawsuits has resulted in a battle that will now take place on the markets. The intellectual property is still a problem for the two tech giants and will result in future lawsuits down the road. For now, all the patents will be kept and the courtroom battles will not resume.
Three possibilities seem to be available with this battle. Apple will pay cash to make the suits go away. Google accepts a small figure to simply end it all. Both sides decided that the courts weren’t ever likely to give them much of an edge over the other in the market. They will stick to the markets.
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