The two huge tech giants Apple and Google have settled a series of lawsuits dealing with their phone operating platforms. Google and Apple had dozens of suits and counter suits filed against one another dealing with their respective operating systems for their mobile handsets.
The decision by the two behemoths of the tech world relating to their respective smartphones is being called a major breakthrough.
The two companies had many lawsuits filed or pending against each other. The two alleging that the other infringed on patents in relation to the production and concept of their smartphones.
The suits dealt with the questions over the similarities between the Apple iPhone range’s operating system and that of the Google Android system.
The late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs even said once that Android had been a stolen product.
The two tech giants informed an appeals court in the U.S. late Friday that the cases that had been filed against one another should all be dismissed.
In a prepared statement by both, the two said the new settlement did not include the cross licenses on each of their respective patents. Nor did it end the existing litigation Apple has against South Korea based electronic giant Samsung.
The two companies said that Google and Apple also have agreed to work in unison in patent reform.
Apple has been battling Google and other companies that have been the biggest adopters of its mobile software so they can slow down the growth of the growing operating system.
Nevertheless, the many attempts to succeed in that have for the most part failed, with the rival Android operating system now installed in nearly 80% of all new smartphones entering the marketplace.
Apple, based in Cupertino, California, was just awarded $160 million by a court in the U.S. in a judgment against Samsung. However, the judgment was much less, than many had thought Samsung might have to pay and was not much more than a slap on the wrist.