Apple-backed Rockstar ends patent war on Android, deal suggests

Gigaom

Apple has decided to end a bitter legal war against Google and Android phone makers, and to turn away from patent tactics that have cost the smartphone industry billions of dollars, according to reports and new court filings.

The news comes in part via a landmark court order in which a federal judge agrees to stay a series of lawsuits between Google and a patent consortium known as [company]Rockstar[/company], that is primarily owned by Apple.

A final settlement, slated for December 29, would come more than a year after [company]Google’s[/company] rivals used Rockstar to launch patent lawsuits against at least seven companies — including [company]HTC[/company], [company]Huawei[/company] and Samsung — that make Android-based devices.

The Rockstar lawsuits threatened to further inflame a global patent battle over smartphones, and led Google to file a lawsuit of its own last Christmas in an attempt to shield phone makers.

Court filings related to the proposed settlement do…

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