Immersion is known for guarding its haptic feedback patents with enthusiasm — just ask Microsoft, among others. Motorola learned first-hand when Immersion sued over the use of basic haptic technology in May, but all that’s water under the bridge now that Motorola’s new parent Google is settling the matter out of court. While the exact sums aren’t public, Google will pay Immersion to address any relevant past shipments, license the patents for future Motorola shipments and take care of “certain issues” with Google-badged hardware using the disputed vibration techniques. Immersion’s end of the bargain is simply to end its legal action, including an ITC complaint, although the company makes clear that non-Motorola Android phones aren’t covered by the deal. We’re sure Google isn’t happy to shoulder additional costs on top of its $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition, although it may see the settlement as a matter of establishing focus. After all, there’s bigger fish to fry.
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