Apple Inc. and Motorola Mobility, which Google is prepping to acquire for a whopping $12.5 billion have been two warring parties, since a while now, bickering over a host of unresolved patents, which each of them claim have been infringed by the other. Sometime ago, there were reports Apple approaching the European Union with its woes against Motorola Mobility, asking the officials to step-in to resolve the matter. Now, EU reveals that in late 2011, both Apple and Motorola Mobility discussed at length the details of a cross-licensing deal, which if successful could prove to be the end of the smartphone battle between the two companies, as also benefit the companies using Google's Android software.
Will this dispute end?
A part of their discussion also hovered around Google's decision to buy Motorola Mobility, and scope of any settlement coming through, during the period of negotiation. EU's published document, which revealed the cross-licensing deal also provided details of when EU conducted a regulatory review of Google's decision to buy Motorola Mobility. For those not in the know, both Apple Inc. and Motorola Mobility have been involved in a longstanding patent dispute over unresolved patents.
The last update to the Apple – Motorola lawsuit came just a few days back, when the court in a headturning verdict ordered both Google and Motorola to pass Android details to Apple. Late last month, a major breakthrough followed the lawsuit proceedings, when Motorola lost to Apple in Germany, after the court ruled that iPhones could sell, after a brief block. In Germany again, in mid-February, this year, Motorola lost out to Apple again, after the latter managed to secure a partial victory; all thanks to the slide-to-unlock patent saved the day for them.