Google and Samsung sign patent agreement
LOS ANGELES – Google and Samsung sign ‘highly significant’ deal, paving the way for future joint product developments and research collaborations.
The pair are already closely linked due to Samsung’s adoption of Google’s Android operating system, and the agreement covers what Samsung called “a broad range of technologies and business areas”.
All existing patents and those filed in the next ten years will be affected by the “mutually beneficial” deal.
Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google said: “We’re 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 disputes.”