Menu
How do you like them apples: Google and Samsung ink patent deal

How do you like them apples: Google and Samsung ink patent deal

The move will make it easier for them to collaborate, and is a defensive move against Apple

Google and Samsung have signed a "global patent cross-license agreement" that covers the companies' existing patents and future ones over the next 10 years.

In a brief statement released Sunday, Google and Samsung said the agreement covers "a broad range of technologies and business areas" without going into specifics.

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

Samsung, of course, has been locked in a variety of legal disputes over mobile patents with rival Apple for years. For example, in one of the lawsuits in the U.S., Samsung was ordered to pay about $930 million in damages to Apple last year.

Samsung smartphones and tablets loaded with Google's Android OS compete directly against Apple's iPhones and iPads, which run the company's iOS operating software.

By gaining access to each other's patent portfolios, Google and Samsung expect to engage in "deeper collaboration on research and development" of existing and future products and technologies.

Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes, said Dr. Seungho Ahn, head of Samsungs intellectual property center.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googleintellectual propertypatentSamsung Electronicslegalmobile

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments