Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

SAN FRANCISCO- Google and Apple, the two technology titans behind the world’s top smartphone platforms, called a truce Friday in a long-running patent war.

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

“Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform.”

The companies made it clear that the detente does not include licensing their technology to each other.

Motorola filed a patent lawsuit against Apple in US federal court four years ago, prompting the iPhone maker to fire back with a patent suit of its own. Litigation spread to more than a dozen other courts.

“The parties have entered into a second-class settlement from a position of mutual weakness,” wrote intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller at

“They had to recognize that under the procedural circumstances their patents were not strong enough to give either party decisive leverage over the other, at least not anytime soon,” Mueller wrote.