Samsung and Google sign global patent cross-license deal



It’s no secret that patent wars have been raging throughout the Android territory over the course of those last two years, with Apple’s acrimonious “thermonuclear” war on Android and Samsung being sued and accused of blatantly copying the iPhone ‘design’.

Today, Google and Samsung came to an agreement by signing a 10 year cross-licensing deal that would inevitably bolster their position against potential infringement allegations and subsequent litigation from competitors, especially from Apple. The terms or contents of the agreements were no explicitly disclosed but we know for sure that bit covers more than just mobile devices as well as the two companies’ existing patents as well as those to be filed over the next 10 years.

“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,” said Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”

With this agreement, 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.

via Samsung