Despite the recent bad blood between Apple and Motorola, the two have reached a licensing agreement with one another.
Samsung isn’t the only company that Apple is fighting a patent war with. For some time now Apple and Motorola have been battling it out in their own patent war around the globe. Apple accuses Motorola of stealing its innovations, and Motorola has its massive library of patents to wave back in Apple’s face. At least now the two have made a little peace.
Motorola is one of the largest patent holders in standard-essential – meaning patents on core components of a mobile device – patents on the planet. With the company being the creator of the original mobile cellphone, it has plenty of patents to use against Apple if it so chooses.
Fortunately, Apple can see that and has agreed to license some of these patents from Motorola, as these patents are far too valuable for the company to lose a court case on (not to mention Motorola has beaten out Apple a few times before). Royalties for the case have not yet been determined, and may have to be determined the German court, if they are not first determined by the two companies.