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Google and Honeywell make peace on the Nest thermostat

Google and Honeywell seem destined for peace, the protagonists of a long legal battle over alleged patent infringements used by the smart Nest thermostat. The two giants have found an agreement, theregister also reports, although the terms of the transaction remain totally mysterious.

What is certain, however, that the two litigants have finally laid down the "weapons" of justice: both sides have agreed to share a "long-term cross-license patent". It is clear that behind the truce there will be the outlay of money from one side to the other, even if the financial terms have not been disclosed.lyric-nest "width =" 648 "height =" 348 "srcset =" 648w, https: // www. 480w "data-lazy-sizes =" (max-width: 648px) 100vw, 648px "src =" https: // www. "/></p><div class=

Moreover, the ongoing dispute had had negative repercussions on the equity market of the Honeywell group, but also on Google / Alphabet, whose value returned to rise slowly on the basis of the new news, now growing by 1.4%. It is unlikely that this increase was due only to the agreement reached with Honeywell, but certainly the legal dispute between the two giants had not benefited the social teams.

The origins of the cause date back to 2012, when Honeywell began to claim that the technologies used by Nest violated its patents, from user interfaces to commands. To the accusations, Nest had immediately replied that Honeywell's behavior was that of those who were only trying to crush the competition with instrumental and pretentious lawsuits.

Nest thermostat

The game got interesting in 2014, when Nest was bought by the Mountain View giant for 3.2 billion dollars; with Nest's certainly deeper pockets, it was easy to expect a memorable legal diatribe, but it won't be. Moreover, it is difficult to think of a happy ending also because Honeywell, until a few years ago leader in the production of thermostats, was completely crushed by the success of Nest, obtained thanks to the smart solutions proposed and to the success in general of home automation.

The recent past, however, has seen a slight setback for Google's smart thermostat, given that the latest version released, the number 3, dates back to last September, and does not seem to have brought any particular innovations, except for a larger display.