In what could set an example for rivals forward, Google and Apple have decided to dismiss all direct legal action between them. They have issued a joint statement on the matter.

As per the website GigaOm, this move will abolish approximately 20 lawsuits currently going on between Apple and Google. In a joint statement issued by Apple and Google, they have said,

Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies. Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.

As per TechCrunch, the companies can still pursue legal action that could harm their core businesses. Apple could sue firms that work with Google, or with Google products, and the like.

GigaOM has also reported Apple and Google have filed a court notice this week in a closely-watched patent appeals case, concerning Google-owned Motorola Mobility, that stated they were dismissing the case.

This has come just days after Samsung and Apple settled a bitter court case, where Apple got quite less than what they hada actually expected. Apple had asked for a $2 billion compensation, getting only $119 million in actual court battle.

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