Google and Microsoft end war over patents


Tech giants had been locked in five year legal dispute over patents but have now agreed to future collaboration

Microsoft and Google have agreed to end a five year dispute over patent agreements, bringing to a close 18 lawsuits between the two tech giants.

A joint statement from the US companies said they plan to “collaborate on certain patent matters” going forward.

The two firms locked horns following Google’s £8.2 billion acquisition of Motorola’s mobility arm in 2011 that saw the search engine giant take on a large number of mobile patents.

Last year, Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for a cut-price £1.7 billion but retained most of the patents.

In a brief, joint statement, the companies said: “Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues.

“As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility.

“Separately, 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.”