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Samsung and Google signs a cross-licensing deal for next 10 years

Samsung and Google came to a deal, which covers long-term cross-licence deal for the existing patents and those might be filed in next 10 years to solve their patent disputes with competitors.


Google will be helping Samsung in its long-running copyright infringement rows with Apple over design and technology related to the smartphones and tablets, as the search giant and South Korean electronic giant has signed a global patents agreement within 2 companies for next 10 years.

Samsung said that the deal covers a broad range of technologies and business areas, while Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center said the following in the statement:

“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.”

This means, a friendly co-operation becomes necessary rather than fighting with each other for patent disputes and lawsuits. That will be helping every businesses to focus more on innovations than fighting the long-term lawsuits.

Allen Lo, Google’s deputy general counsel for patents, said:

“By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

Currently, Samsung relies on Google’s Android operating system o its every smartphones and tablets, which also helped to the Google to increase its market share as well as Play Store business. However, Google’s Motorola division as well as its own Nexus devices and Samsung’s plans to launch Tizen devices could threat the relationship between these two tech giants that could also lead to compete with each other. Hence, the latest cross-licensing deal could help both the companies to compete with the third-party smartphone and tablet-makers, especially, the mighty Apple.

About David Mayor

Writer and editor of The Next Digit Media, he takes care of iOS, Apple, Mac and other gadgets. He worked at Apple Inc, before joining to TND Media. He was graduated in Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication Degree from Cambridge University. All posts by David

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