Microsoft-Google: They Sign a Peace Treaty
Microsoft-Google: After five years of intellectual property and patent wars, Google and Microsoft announced they were settling all of their mutual lawsuits. They issued a joint statement. In this document they declare that both the companies are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues. They actually dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them. Besides, the two technology powers will collaborate on certain patent matters. Microsoft-Google anticipate working together in other areas in the future. However they didn’t mention financial terms of their agreement.
In fact, the most important case between them exploded in 2011, after Google had acquired Motorola Mobility, a major Android smartphone vendor, and its patents. In return fire, Motorola Mobilty demanded Xbox patent royalties. In particular Motorola Mobilit. Later Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in 2014, but it kept Motorola’s patents, and the lawsuits that went with them.
The settlement between Microsoft and Google covers the video patents, the networking patents and Android cases. Everyone knows that Microsoft makes more than $3.4-billion a year from its Android patent licensing deals. Curiosly, these profits make Android far more profitable for Microsoft than any of Microsoft native smartphone or tablet operating systems for this matter.
Well, Google and Microsoft have agreed to work together to create open-source video file format that works with the HTML5 video tag. They will create together and open-standard video codec VP9. Besides, both the companies agreed to work together against patent trolls in the European Union.
Obviously, Microsoft – Google will continue to make products that compete directly with each other. That includes search engines and mobile computing devices.
Finally, let’s remind you that this agreement is not the first among smartphone heavyweights to settle their disputes. In 2014, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd greed to forget about all litigations against one another outside the United States.
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