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April 16, 2015

VMware and Good Technology agree end to EMM IP feud

Pending lawsuits have been terminated.

By Alexander Sword

VMware and Good Technology have announced that they have entered into an agreement that resolves all pending litigation between them.

While they did not disclose the full terms of the agreement, the two parties have now inked a long-term patent portfolio cross-license agreement.

A statement from the companies also suggested that they would also be pursuing a path of cooperation, discussing "opportunities for joint interoperability that could benefit their mutual customers."

The two companies have been at odds since 2012, when Good filed lawsuits against fellow enterprise mobility provider AirWatch for patent infringement of "key intellectual property". In August 2014, Good filed additional lawsuits against AirWatch, including one in Delaware and two in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Good’s lawsuit against mobile device management provider MobileIron continues and trials will begin in July.

"We believe it is in the best interests of our stakeholders if both VMware and Good Technology focus on innovating in the marketplace rather than spending time and resources on litigation," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.

Poonen continued: "With this matter behind us, we can focus on what is important: making our customers and partners successful."

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"We are extremely pleased to be able to resolve these intellectual property issues in a way that upholds our principles and encourages future innovation," said Christy Wyatt, Chairman and CEO at Good Technology.

Wyatt added: "The customers of both Good and VMware, who rely on our respective mobility management solutions, are the real winners."

"Good pioneered enterprise mobility management, and with 284 global patents both granted and pending, we have the largest patent portfolio of any pure-play EMM provider in the industry," a blog post from the company added.

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