Apple and Google are finally showing signs of letting go of their patent disputes.
Bloomberg reports that Apple said in a filing, “Apple is also interested in resolving its dispute with Motorola completely. Arbitration may be the best vehicle to resolve the parties’ dispute.”
The sentiment was shared by Motorola Mobility on the 5th of November. This was the same day an Apple patent lawsuit against Motorola was dismissed by a US judge.
The change in mood towards patent disputes was started by the 10-year licensing deal between Apple and HTC. The two have agreed to no longer sue each other in court and instead share patents. The 8X-maker reportedly agreed to pay the iPhone-maker around $8 (approximately £5) for every device the Taiwanese company sells.
Analyst Shaw Wu says that Apple was looking to get more from HTC. However, it soon agreed to the lower terms since it would be more expensive to keep on filing lawsuits. Wu estimates HTC could be paying Apple from $180 million (approximately £113 million) to $280 million (approximately £176 million) a year.
If ever the Cupertino firm and the search giant take the same route, arbitration would be a more complicated matter since Google’s purchase of Motorola means that it owns 17,000 of the company’s patents.
Apparently, Google is showing more interest in a global framework for patents.
In a letter to Apple dated on the 13th of November and filed in court, Google’s General Counsel, Kent Walker, said, “We have long sought a path to resolving patent issues and we welcome the chance to build on the constructive dialogue between our companies.
“While we prefer to seek a framework for a global (rather than piecemeal) resolution that addresses all of our patent disputes, we are committed to reaching agreement on a license for our respective standard-essential patents.”
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