Apple and Motorola seek end to patent disputes

19 November, 2012 by Macworld Australia Staff

Court filings have documented ongoing discussions between Apple and Motorola Mobility working on a binding arbitration agreement that could resolve standards-essential patent litigation between the two technology giants.

According to a Bloomberg report, “the companies have been exchanging proposals on using binding arbitration to reach a licensing agreement over patents that are essential to comply with industry standards on how phones operate. Such an agreement could lead to a global settlement of all of their patent disputes, Apple said in a Nov. 15 filing.”

The November 15 court filing from Apple states the Cupertino-based company is “interested in resolving its dispute with Motorola completely and agrees that arbitration may be the best vehicle to resolve the parties’ dispute.”

A arbitration deal would see both companies sort through their disputes in front of a neutral third party rather than the court system, whose decision would be binding on both sides.

The ongoing discussions could be a sign that technology patent disputes – which have dominated the news in 2012 with continual Samsung vs Apple trials surfacing across the globe – may dwindle in the near future.


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