Patent wars ending?

May 18th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphones, ending one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology.

In a joint statement on Friday, the companies said the settlement does not include a cross license to their respective .

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

This is a very welcome step. In certain areas patents have gone from protecting innovation to harming innovation.

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5 Responses to “Patent wars ending?”

  1. Fentex (1,134 comments) says:

    In certain areas patents have gone from protecting innovation to harming innovation.

    The majority of patent lawsuits are destructive anti-competitive efforts and the field as a whole hampers rather than helps productive enterprise. As long as independent invention is not a defence patent law is an immoral barrier to free enterprise and competition.

    And even with it patent law remains a problematic concept.

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  2. OneTrack (3,358 comments) says:

    Now Apple need to do the same with Samsung………

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  3. WineOh (636 comments) says:

    But think of all the poor patent attorneys … how are they going to buy next year’s S-Class and pay for their children’s Polo lessons now.

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  4. Jaffa (103 comments) says:

    You know who pays for all this?

    That’s right, You do!

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  5. Lance (2,713 comments) says:

    There are way way to many bullshit patents, especially from the USA.

    Methinks the system is so bad it is broken.

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