Google, MS Call Patent Truce
The companies have been at odds since Microsoft claimed in 2010 that Google had incorporated its technology into Android without paying royalties. Google’s former Motorola Mobility unit meanwhile had been demanding royalties on Microsoft’s Xbox video-gaming system.
The agreement to be allies only goes so far. Google is pushing new products to compete with Microsoft, including a tablet for business customers to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro. Microsoft’s Bing search engine still strives to get a bigger market share from Google, the world’s largest Internet search service.
The companies pledged in a statement to work together in other ways related to intellectual property, including development of a royalty-free, video-compression technology to speed downloads, in an initiative that also involves Amazon.com and Netflix. They will also lobby for specific rules on a unified patent system throughout Europe.