Google and Samsung have announced a new patent licensing deal, the two companies have signed a deal which will cover the two companies existing patents plus any new patents files over the next 10 years.
The Google and Samsung deal covers a wide range of technologies and business areas, and the deal is obviously designed to help the two companies deal with patent litigation.
This new agreement could help Samsung in their various patent cases with Apple, and Motorola, which is owned by Google, may hold key patents that could protect Samsung.
“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.”
Samsung is the largest manufacturer of Android smartphones and tablets, their Galaxy range of devices are the most popular, and Google is obviously looking to protect Samsung from further litigation.
“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.”
This new patent agreement may just be the first between Google and manufacturers of their Android devices, and we may see further partnerships with other Android device makers.
It will be interesting to see if Samsung will be able to use any of the patents covered in the new agreement in their existing lawsuits with Apple.