Is there anything more tedious than smartphone patent litigation? The dull assertions of “They used a little ping thing that we made up” (or words to that effect), the counter-claims, the seemingly endless pre-trial nonsense, the deliberations, the appeals; good lord, the appeals.
No, there is nothing more tedious, and to be fair to Apple and Motorola, they seem to agree.
As reported by Reuters, Apple and Motorola have ultimately decided to forget about all existing patent litigation between the pair, some of which started as far back as 2010.
However, while they've agreed to can the courtroom nonsense, the two are hardly best of friends; there’s no “mutually beneficial global patent cross-license agreement” here, only the promise to stop moaning about stuff.
"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," reads a joint statement. Of course, Google is still in the process of offloading Motorola to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, hence the mention of Big G.
The statement continues: "Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license."
It’s thought that there were some 20-ish Apple/Motorola cases around the world, predominantly in the US and Germany. Now if we can just convince Apple and Samsung to give it a rest…