Late Friday afternoon, Google and Apple released a joint statement saying that they would drop all patent litigation between the two companies, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“The two companies informed a federal appeals court in Washington that the cases should be dismissed,” Reuters also noted.
The suits date back to 2010, when Motorola sued Apple for patent infringement, spurring a retaliation patent suit from Apple. Google bought Motorola Mobility in 2012, in part to acquire the company’s massive patent portfolio as protection for its Android operating system. After Google’s purchase, the lawsuits between Apple and Motorola continued plodding along, metastasizing into “about 20 different lawsuits against each other in jurisdictions in the US and Germany,” wrote the WSJ.
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