Thursday, October 1, 2015

Microsoft and Google: technology giants lay down Pate disputes – Wirtschaftswoche

peace instead of strife: Microsoft and Google put all patent disputes down and even want to cooperate with some patent issues in the future.

One of the most violent conflicts in the patent IT industry has been completed, according to an agency report: Microsoft and Google designed around 20 lawsuits in the USA and Germany at. The interim Google subsidiary Motorola wanted to patent payments from Microsoft for the Xbox game console. Microsoft tried, in turn, keep some features of Motorola smartphones. It was also about the widespread Google’s Android operating system.

Google Motorola in 2012 had purchased and resold to the PC maker Lenovo last year, retained but largely the patent arsenal. Google and Microsoft would now cooperate with some patent issues, the financial agency Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing the company. Among other things, they wanted to develop a royalty-free technology cooperate for video compression.

Google is already working on it together with the streaming service-providers Netflix and Amazon. In addition, the two companies intend to jointly support a legal framework, the so-called “patent trolls” makes life more difficult. So companies are named, whose business model is to buy up patents and thus to demand money from business, to use the appropriate technology.

Even sharper than the conflict Google and Microsoft had in previous years, the patent dispute between the smartphone heavyweights Apple and Samsung, which has now also set up in the United States.


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