Apple settles with Motorola, will work with Google on patent reform

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Apple (AAPL) and Motorola Mobility (GOOG) have agreed to settle all outstanding litigation between the companies in a deal that (notably) doesn't feature a patent cross-license. Apple and Google have also "agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform."

The settlement comes ahead of the $2.91B sale of Motorola Mobility by Google to Lenovo (LNVGY). Google has said it'll retail most of Motorola's sizable patent portfolio.

Apple settled its legal battle with HTC in 2012. That agreement included a cross-licensing deal with undisclosed terms.

Is Samsung (SSNLF) next? Apple's legal victories against Samsung haven't made a large dent in Samsung's balance sheet, nor done much to affect Samsung's Android phone sales. Apple and Samsung execs held mediated talks in February, and also reportedly discussed a settlement last year.