Samsung Inks 10-Year Patent Deal with Google

Google and Samsung go together like peanut butter and jelly -- at least in the mobile device world. Now, the companies are making their synergistic relationship even stickier with a new patent deal.

The handset maker and the Android author are going deeper with their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement. According to the companies, the agreement covers a EUbroad range of technologies and business areas.EU

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

An Industry Lesson

Samsung and Google described it as a EUmutually beneficial agreementEU that covers both companyEUs existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years.

With this agreement, Samsung and Google gain access to each otherEUs patent portfolios. That opens opportunities for deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future products and technologies.

EUThis agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,EU said Seungho Ahn, the Head of SamsungEUs Intellectual Property Center. EUSamsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.EU

What Took So Long?

We caught up with Carl Howe, vice president of Research and Data Sciences at Yankee Group, to get his thoughts on the patent deal and what it means for greater Google-Samsung collaboration. He told us heEUs surprised such an agreement wasn't already in place.

EUSamsung has been the lead seller of Android devices and as such, is a pretty substantial Google partner,EU Howe said. EUThis agreement means the two companies won't be suing each other over patents that would distract them from advancing the overall Android platform.EU

HoweEUs bottom line: He doesn't...

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