Microsoft, Google end all patent cases
01 October 2015, Nirapad News: Microsoft and Google have agreed to end a five-year battle over patents.
The two had around 20 lawsuits pending over uses of patents in mobile phones, Wi-Fi, web video, video game
systems and other technologies.
The companies will dismiss all patent cases, including those related to Google’s former Motorola Mobility
smartphone unit but did not disclose if money was involved as part of the agreement.
The two companies had been litigating over technology innovations for five years.
Google’s former Motorola Mobility unit had been demanding royalties on the Xbox video-gaming system, and
Microsoft had sought to block Motorola mobile phones from using certain features.
The companies also pledged in a statement to work together in other ways related to intellectual property,
including development of a royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads, in an initiative that
also involves Amazon.com and Netflix.
They will in addition lobby for specific rules on a unified patent system throughout Europe.