In a different indication of the winding down of the worldwide smartphone wars, the firms said the deal puts a finish to court fights involving many different technologies, including wifi mobile phones, and patents used in other Windows products as well as Microsoft’s Xbox game consoles.
Yet, as Google and Microsoft continue to create products which compete with each other, including mobile computing devices and search engines like google, the deal notably will not preclude any future infringement suits, a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed.
“Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on specific patent issues and expect working together in other places as time goes on to do good for our customers,” the firms said in a joint statement. They failed to reveal the financial conditions of the offer.
The firms said they’ve been working on such problems as the creation of a unified patent court for the European Union, as well as on royalty-free technology for speeding up video online.
Some of the very bitter disputes involving the competitions started in 2010 when Microsoft accused Motorola, after obtained by Mountain View, California-based Google, of violating its duty to provide permits to its wireless and video patents found in an acceptable price in Xbox systems.
Wednesday’s deal isn’t the first among colossi that are smartphone to settle their patent disputes. In 2014, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O) consented to drop all litigation against one another outside America.