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Google Lawsuit Wrap-Up: Win Some, Lose Some


A roundup of Google's legal wins and woes over the past two weeks.

There's been a whole heap of Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) lawsuit news out over the past two weeks. So, for the sake of record, let's recap.

Judge Throws Out Apple's Case Against Google

A trial between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google over breach-of-contract claims scheduled to begin last Monday was canceled by a US District Judge, Bloomberg reports. Apple's refusal to honor a patent royalty set by a federal court led the judge to throw the case out. Apple said it would not license the patent in question unless the rate was set at $1 or less per iPhone.

Android Phone Maker and Apple Wipe Legal Record Clean

HTC (TPE:2498) and Apple released a joint statement this weekend announcing all current lawsuits between the companies would be dropped, worldwide. HTC, whose smartphones run Google's Android operating system -- the world's largest by market share -- is just one of a number of Android-related patent infringements that have gone to court. The HTC-Apple deal marks the 15th official Android patent license deal, according to Foss Patents, a software patents news and issues blog.

Here's Foss Patents' reasoning for the settlement:

Both companies simply have other priorities to focus on. For Apple, the competitive challenge it faces from Samsung and from Google's plan to use Motorola Mobility's patents to reach a point of mutually assured destruction are far bigger issues.

Included in the settlement is a 10-year licensing agreement that extends to future and current patents. Beyond this, the settlement details are confidential.

While Google has, in the past, denied any patent infringements on behalf of Android OS, there are currently 20 patents that have been deemed valid and infringed upon by Android devices. This includes a late-October court win by Apple over Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) for four phone patents.

(Read a full recap of last week's most vital Google news here.)
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