Google and Apple End Legal Battles Over Smartphone Patents

Apple and Google had filed dozens of counter suits against one another in relation to their respective phone operating systems (Photo: Getty)
Apple and Google had filed dozens of counter suits against one another in relation to their respective phone operating systems (Photo: Getty)

Apple and Google have agreed to end all outstanding litigation between them relating to smartphones in what is a major breakthrough for the two technology giants.

The pair had filed dozens of lawsuits against each other, each alleging the other had infringed patents in relation to smartphone concept and production.

The lawsuits related to questions over similarities in part between the operating system which powers Apple’s iPhone range and Google’s Android operating system.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder, even went so far at one stage as to refer to Android as a “stolen product.”

The two companies informed a US federal appeals court late on Friday that their cases against each other should be dismissed.

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SOURCE: The Telegraph

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