Google, Samsung announce global patent agreement

Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:07pm EST

The Google signage is seen at the company's offices in New York January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The Google signage is seen at the company's offices in New York January 8, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which are frequently involved in patent infringement lawsuits but not against each other, announced on Sunday that they have reached a global patent cross-licensing agreement.

The deal covers patents currently owned by the companies, as well as any filed in the next 10 years, the companies said in a release. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The companies said the deal "would lead to deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future projects."

"By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation," said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google, in a statement.

Samsung's Seungho Ahn, head of the company's intellectual property center, said the deal showed "the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes."

The companies have been at the center of the smartphone patent wars, though more as allies than foes. The majority of the litigation - which has sprawled across three continents, has been between Apple and the various companies involved in making smartphones based on Google's Android software, including Samsung and Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Comments (2)
tangogo68 wrote:
That’s got to be good news for everyone — more surveillance of more moments of more time spent in more spaces in your life — what won’t they know about you? — wrist, face, pocket, car, desk, lounge room, kitchen, bedroom…

Jan 26, 2014 9:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
unreason wrote:
tangogo68: it’s a patent cross-licensing agreement. It just means they won’t sue each other, driving up the costs of their products to you. I.e., the surveillance products you continue to depend on will stay reasonably priced for your exhibitionistic wont.

Jan 27, 2014 2:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
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