Ah, patent disputes. To be fair, it’s been largely quite quiet on the litigation front of late (or maybe we’ve just learned to ignore it), but we’ve got some decidedly good news here.
Apple and Samsung, undoubtedly two of the worst mobile companies when it comes to moaning about stuff in court, have agreed to ditch all disputes outside the United States of Americans.
It’s not clear why the two have agreed to kiss and make up, though we’ve repeatedly observed that the lawyers must be absolutely raking it in, as complaints are counter-complained and subsequently appealed into oblivion.
A joint statement from Apple and Samsung reads: “Apple and Samsung have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States. This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts.”
Similarly, back in May, Apple and Google/Motorola reached a similar arrangement, telling the world: "Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies.”
GOOD. Let’s put an end to all this “he copied me!” nonsense and license stuff under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, shall we?
That swoosh of water you hear in the background is the sound of a million lawyers crying.