There is an important development in the patent world with Samsung signing a 10 year contract with Google covering all current and future patents that would allow both the companies to license each other’s patents.
Now that’s a truly big and important development with two giants, one being the world’s largest handset maker and the other being the maker of Android which is currently the biggest mobile operating system globally.
It is not a hidden secret that both Samsung and Google need each other to compete and thrive in the ever increasing mobile market. This strategic move will prove beneficial to both companies in terms of product research and development.
There have a lot of rumours and speculations in recent times about Samsung working on a mobile platform of its own. If that does happen and Samsung decides to slowly break away from Android, this move would prove significant in keeping Samsung in Google’s good books. Google on the other hand would need a wide Android ecosystem to make good use of Motorola patents it acquired in a multi billion acquisition.
Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, said in the statement,
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.
Apart from research and development we would see both companies strengthening their patent positions that would help them reduce patent lawsuits in the future. It is a known fact that in the recent years Samsung and Apple are involved in various billion dollar patent disputes across the globe.
Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center adds,
This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry. Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.
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