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01-27-2014, 05:24 PM #1
Google and Samsung Reach a Worldwide Patent Cross-Licensing Pact
Two of Apple’s strongest rivals, Google and Samsung, have inked a decade-long, global cross-licensing agreement that grants each company access to the other’s intellectual property troves. The deal includes both existing patents and new patents filed over the next 10 years, according to a recently issued pressure release. It appears that the agreement extends beyond patents centered on the mobile devices business or Google’s Android operating system, instead covering a “broad range of technologies and business areas.”
According to the statement, both Samsung and Google:
…gain access to each other’s industry-leading patent portfolios, paving the way for deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future products and technologies.
Google’s deputy general counsel for patents, Allen Lo, stated the company is:
…pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung. By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.
Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent dispute.
Source: Samsung (Press Release) via AppleInsider
01-27-2014, 06:12 PM #2
Samsung is doing this so they can use it in Tizen. They will agree to it with all patent owners, so they don't get sued to oblivion. Tizen will be a mixed copy of every mobile OS available.
01-28-2014, 10:18 AM #3
"according to a recently issued pressure release."
I bet it was.
01-28-2014, 06:17 PM #4