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Google and Samsung Reach Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

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Don’t say Google doesn’t protect its Android OEMs. Yesterday, Samsung announced a broad patent cross-license agreement with the search giant, giving the companies access to each other’s current patents and all those filed over the next 10 years.

The patents, which Samsung said covers “a broad range of technologies and business areas,” are intended to defend both companies against the aggressive litigation of competitors. Samsung has been locked in a bitter courtroom conflict with Apple since 2011, while Google’s own Motorola is the subject of patent disputes from Apple, Microsoft, and IP firm Intellectual Ventures. 

Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, intimated the deal could be a harbinger of future agreements in the technology sector. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation,” he said. Given the climate of patent misuse and billion-dollar judgments, that’s probably optimistic. At the very least, though, the agreement should help both Samsung and Google protect their respective products far into the future.

Via: Samsung
  • kL

    why is the asian wearing a sweater?

  • flosserelli

    The guy in the suit does not wash his hands after dropping a deuce.

  • Intellectua1

    Also Samsung just paid Ericsson $650 million in a multi year cross licensing deal to end all patent disputes with them.. Samsung is on to something huge.. I also heard that Google was considering replacing the Nexus line with GPE devices..

  • Tony Byatt

    Google has found their Glass manufacturer…

  • STEV3

    Both companies made a smart move. This opens up a bunch of new doors for great things in the next 10 years.

    • Adrynalyne

      Yep. This kind of agreement has been beneficial to Microsoft and Apple.

      • Adrynalyne

        Thank you Mr. Ignorant Downvoter.

        • John Legere

          I don’t see the enjoyment people get from downvoting. Guess we’ll never know.

          • Adrynalyne

            It gives them Internet muscles.

    • michael arazan

      Access to Touchwiz, what a joy. Sounds like something you need a shot for after using

      • Keg Man

        yes but a multi window nexus phablet……drools. With S pen

  • Carlos ⌘ Franco

    Imagine Samsung Glass connecting through a Nexus S5 controlling a Samsung Nest?

  • coolsilver

    Samsung Glass

    • coolsilver

      Called it.