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Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

Google and Apple called a truce on Friday in a long-running patent war.

"Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies," they said in a joint statement.

But the detente does not include licensing their technology to each other.

"The parties have entered into a second-class settlement from a position of mutual weakness," wrote intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller. "They had to recognise that under the procedural circumstances their patents were not strong enough to give either party decisive leverage over the other, at least not anytime soon." - AFP.