We are finally in Tim Cook’s Apple era. Apple and Motorola Mobility have agreed to settle all patent litigations between the two companies, which were being fought in multiple countries. The agreement does not include the cross-licensing of patents between the two companies. Google had acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion primarily for its patents to protect itself and Android by providing it enough arsenal to deter rivals from filing patent infringement lawsuits. Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in a $2.91 billion deal but will keep retain of its patents with itself. Also Read - Motorola Moto Tab G70 appears on BIS, indicates imminent launch
“Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform,” the two companies statement said in a joint statement, Reuters reports. Also Read - Apple AR headset to launch in late 2022 with mac-level computing power: Kuo
However, this is far from the end of the thermonuclear war late Apple CEO and founder, Steve Jobs had vowed to wage against Android. Jobs felt that Android had copied Apple’s iPhone and iOS, and also felt betrayed considering then Google CEO, Eric Schmidt was on Apple’s board. Also Read - Xiaomi India could soon start a repair program similar to Apple's Self Service Repair program
The agreement does not include any resolution of Apple’s patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung, which is also the largest Android hardware vendor in the world. Samsung is attempting to mould the case as one between Apple and Google’s Android and Samsung being just collateral damage in the process.
Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an out of court settlement, which ensures that the lawsuits will carry on for a while with appeals and counter appeals getting filed for years to come. A situation that Samsung doesn’t mind.