Hell dropped a few degrees this evening. After years of battling it out in the courtroom, Apple and Motorola Mobility have officially settled their patent lawsuits and here’s the craziest part: they didn’t even have to strike a cross licensing patent deal of any kind.
The news comes to us by way of Reuters who reports that the two companies notified the federal appeals court in Washington, letting them know that they were both in agreement to dismiss their cases. In a joint statement, Apple and Motorola agreed to make amends saying:
“Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.”
Motorola and Apple were locked in a bitter patent battle that after being dismissed back in 2012, saw Apple getting another chance at a Motorola sales ban via a federal appeals court. Left to watch from the sidelines was Samsung who had no part in Apple and Motorola’s new found friendship. Guess there’s still hope.