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Apple, Google Agree To Settle Smartphone Patent Litigation

File - In this Dec. 12, 2013 file photo, a woman walks by a banner advertising iPhone 5c at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. Opening statements are underway in the latest patent fight over mobile devices between Apple and Samsung, the world's largest cellphone manufacturers. An Apple lawyer told jurors in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday April 1, 2014, that Samsung quickly recognized that the iPhone was going to be a big seller when it first went on the market, and the South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
File - In this Dec. 12, 2013 file photo, a woman walks by a banner advertising iPhone 5c at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea. Opening statements are underway in the latest patent fight over mobile devices between Apple and Samsung, the world's largest cellphone manufacturers. An Apple lawyer told jurors in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday April 1, 2014, that Samsung quickly recognized that the iPhone was going to be a big seller when it first went on the market, and the South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to dismiss high profile U.S. patent litigation against each other over smartphone technology, according to a court filing on Friday.

In a joint statement, the companies said the settlement does not include a cross license to their respective patents. "Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform," the statement said.

Apple and companies that make phones using Google's Android software have filed dozens of such lawsuits against each other around the world to protect their technology. Apple had argued that Android phones that use Google software copy its iPhones.

(Reporting by Dan Levine)

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