Apple Inc and Google Inc’s Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphone technology, 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 patents.
“Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform,” the statement said.
Bad news. Two of the largest technology companies in the world working on “patent reform”? Translated to Standard English, that reads: “working together to strengthen the position of large, established companies to make it even harder for newcomers to challenge us”.
Can we at least wait for them to state their position before we start the Two Minutes Hate?
For we all we know this might actually be a sign that some companies are finally beginning to come to their senses and perhaps want to stop pouring their money down the pit of patent lawyers?