Samsung+Google vs. Apple

Stung by a series of patent disputes with Apple, Samsung has now decided to join hands with Android maker Google to fight off future legal threats.

The two companies have signed a 10-year patent deal with each other which allows them to cross-license their current and future patents.

It’ll strengthen position of both Google and Samsung and the deal is specifically beneficial for Samsung which has been involved in more than 50 lawsuits with rival Apple in the US and other markets over allegations of multiple patent violations.

Just last week Samsung received another blow from Federal Judge Lucy Koh, of the US District Court of Northern California who found Samsung’s claim against Apple as invalid and also accused Samsung of violating one of Apple’s patent.

In a media statement, Samsung said: “Samsung Electronics and Google Inc. furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years.”

Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, says the agreement is mutually beneficial and helps companies reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.

“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.”

The agreement with Google also means greater cooperation between both companies. Samsung has been one of the key partners of Google’s Android platform. However the South Korean giant has been working on coming out with its own mobile OS Tizen.

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