Apple and Google have finally declared a truce to dismiss all current patent infringement lawsuits and end the long-standing patent war between them.
Joining forces to work on patent reform, the companies, which have not agreed upon a cross licensing deal, have settled the high-profile litigation between them which has been existing since 2010.
“Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the joint statement read.
“Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.”
There are several lawsuits over patents between Apple and companies that manufacture smartphones running Google’s Android OS in different countries.
Google and Apple on Friday have jointly requested the federal court in Washington to dismiss the cases against each other. However, the deal doesn’t concern the cases against Samsung Electronics.
Back in 2010, Motorola made the move by suing Apple for infringing several patents, the significant one being the way the devices operated on 3G networks.
Apple snapped at Motorola, filing lawsuits for infringing patents of several of its smartphone features. These cases were consolidated in Chicago and two years later Judge Richard Posner dismissed them for lack of evidence to prove the cases.
Google will hand over Motorola’s handset business to Lenovo this year while retaining a majority of the patents from its acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2012 in a $12.5 billion deal.