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Apple Agrees With Google to Drop Smartphone Patent Suits

Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have declared a cease-fire in their intellectual-property wars.

The two Silicon Valley technology giants said they are dropping lawsuits against one another and will work together to reform patent law. The suits to be dismissed involve patent disputes regarding Google’s Motorola Mobility handset unit. The deal doesn’t include Apple’s patent battles with Samsung Electronics Co., which uses Google’s Android software for mobile devices.