Apple and Google are making peace — for now at least.
The two tech giants agreed to drop all lawsuits between them, as the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday, ending a legal battle that has raged since 2010.
All told, Apple and Google had 20 lawsuits between them in the U.S. and Germany, with many suits stemming from Apple’s claims that Google is basically copying many of its designs and software.
Apple had not directly sued Google, but instead went after phone makers including Motorola, which Google bought in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
“For its part, Google may have been encouraged to settle with Apple after regulators in the U.S. and Europe criticized the company for the legal strategy it employed with Motorola’s patents,” the WSJ report notes.
The truce is a major step away from the legacy of Steve Jobs, who once threatened “thermonuclear war” legal against Google.
“Our lawsuit is saying, ‘Google you f***ing ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off,’” Jobs said, according to biographer Walter Isaacson. “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product.”
Apple will still be pursuing its patent litigation against Samsung, however, and Google will continue to face legal challenges from the Rockstar Consortium, which is partly owned by Apple.
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