Apple and Google’s Moto Settle All Patent Litigation, but No Cross-Licensing

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Apple v. MotoApple and Google's Motorola Mobility announced on Friday that the two companies had settled all existing patent litigation between them. Terms of the settlement were not announced, but both companies stipulated that a cross-licensing agreement was not part of the deal.

"Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform," the statement said, according to Reuters.

Google bought Moto in August of 2011 for some US$12.5 billion. Two years and change later, Google sold the company to Lenovo—a deal not yet completed—for $2.91billion, for a total profit of -$9.59 billion. That deal did, however, leave Google as the owner of most of Moto's patents.

Apple and Moto have been going after each other for patent infringement for years in courts and trade regulatory bodies around the world. Moto's track record so far is to not win any of its claims, but the company did manage to be involved in one case in the U.S. that was dismissed by Judge Richard Posner.

That case was just recently reinstated, but Friday's settlement should put the kibosh on that, too. Apple and Motorola filed documents on Friday informing the courts that their respective cases should be dismissed.

Not part of this filing is Samsung, a company that Apple has slapped around the world to little effect. In 2012, Apple won a $930 million judgement against Samsung that has yet to be paid, and in April, Apple won another (unpaid) $120 million. For its part, Samsung won $158,400 for a patent the company had to buy from Hitachi.

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