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Apple and Microsoft agreement not to sue each other over mobile patent breaches revealed during Samsung trial

It has been revealed that Apple and Microsoft have an agreement not to sue each other over IP during testimony given at the Apple V Samsung patent trial.

The trial, in which Apple has claimed that Samsung had copied the design of its iPad and iPhone, over the development of the Galaxy III smartphone, has this week heard Samsung turn the tables and directly accuse Apple of infringing on its own parents.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Apple and Microsoft have an agreement not to sue one another for infringing their smartphone patents, as long as Windows phones do not look similar to that of Apple’s iPhones.

Giving testimony at the San Jose Court, Broris Taksler, intellectual property licensing director for Apple is reported to have said; "There's peace to each other's products.” He is also reported to have claimed that a similar deal with Samsung has been attempted in 2010, but had failed.

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