New York : The neveredning court fights between the tech giasnts Microsoft Corp and Google Inc will find some stand down as both companies have agreed to bury all patent infringement litigation against eachother.
Settling 18 cases in the United States and Germany in one stroke, Microsoft and Google have agreed to zap all patent infringement litigations. In simple parlance, this deal puts an end to court fights involving a variety of technologies, including mobile phones, wifi, and patents used in Microsoft’s Xbox game consoles and other Windows products.However, as Microsoft and Google continue to make products that compete directly with each other, including search engines and mobile computing devices, the agreement notably does not warrant against any future infringement lawsuits.
The agreement also drops all litigation involving Motorola Mobility, which Google sold to Lenovo Group last year while retaining its patents.
The companies said in a joint statement that Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers. They however, did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.
The companies said they have been cooperating on such issues as the development of a unified patent court for the European Union, and on royalty-free technology for speeding up video on the Internet.
In 2014, Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc had agreed to drop all litigation against one another outside the United States. This move by Microsoft and Google is not the first among smartphone heavyweights to settle their patent disputes, but certainly a step towards continuing the trend.