Apple and Google declare patent truce, will dismiss all current lawsuits

Gigaom

In a major breakthrough in the bitter and long-running war between Apple(s appl) and Google(s goog) over smartphone patents, the two companies announced on Friday that they will dismiss all current lawsuits against each other.

In a joint statement, the companies also said they will try to work together to reform the patent system:

Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies. Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.

A person familiar with the litigation said the truce will end about 20 lawsuits in the United States and Germany, including proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The person confirmed the statement’s reference to “directly between the companies” meant that the agreement would not immediately affect related patent litigation between Apple and Samsung, or lawsuits…

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