After over 5 years, Google and Microsoft have come to an agreement to resolve most of their nearly 20 patent-related lawsuits against each other. These lawsuits were mainly in the United States and Germany, and disputes will be resolved in both countries. According to Bloomberg:
“The companies pledged in a statement to work together in other ways related to intellectual property, including development of a royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads, in an initiative that also involves Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. They will also lobby for specific rules on a unified patent system throughout Europe.”
The lawsuits started happening in 2010 when Microsoft accused Google of using some its technologies in Android. Motorola had also been demanding that Microsoft pay royalties for their patents for usage in the Xbox. Hopefully with the litigation resolved, hopefully these two companies will cooperate more in the future.