Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Sep 2015 23:45 UTC, submitted by jonsmirl

Google and Microsoft have agreed to end their long-running patent feud over smartphones and video game systems, dropping about 20 lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany.

The two companies, which didn't disclose financial terms, have been litigating over technology innovations for five years. Google's former Motorola Mobility unit had been demanding royalties on the Xbox video-gaming system, and Microsoft had sought to block Motorola mobile phones from using certain features.

If you've been paying attention, you know why this is taking place now.

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RE[2]: Comment by stormcrow
by Stephen! on Thu 1st Oct 2015 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by stormcrow"
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MS and Apple don't fight over IP for well known reasons..

Is this because Apple needed to be rescued by Microsoft, when it was close to going bankrupt?

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RE[3]: Comment by stormcrow
by JLF65 on Fri 2nd Oct 2015 19:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by stormcrow"
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No. It's because Apple needs Microsoft to look good in comparison, while Microsoft needs Apple to "prove" there's competition in the marketplace and they're therefore not an illegal monopoly.

Microsoft invested in Apple only because if Apple went under, it would have been considered proof of their illegal tactics driving competition out of the OS market. Remember that at that time, MS was still under heavy scrutiny by the govt after their conviction for illegal monopoly operations which almost got them broken up.

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