Samsung/Apple Truce?

The lawsuit battle between Apple and Samsung sounds like its coming to an end, though this journallist will believe it when he sees it.

As reported by Al Jazeera America,

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“The laying down of legal arms between the iPhone maker and Google’s Motorola unit comes after a series of patent infringement claims which analysts said could cost consumers and stymie competition and innovation. Instead the two parties intend on working together on copyright reform in the tech sector.

“Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” a joint statement sent to Al Jazeera by a Google spokesman said.

“Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.”

Apple and companies that make phones using Google’s Android software have filed dozens of such lawsuits against each other around the world to protect what they claim to be their technology. Apple had argued that Android phones using Google software had copied features from its iPhones.

The two companies informed a federal appeals court in Washington that the cases should be dismissed, according to filings on Friday. However, the deal does not appear to apply to Apple’s litigation against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, as no dismissal notices were filed in those cases.

Experts had warned that the litigation would lead to more expensive smartphones and devices, and could also lead to a slower pace of innovation for mobile devices.”  Read more here.

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