Samsung and Google – Better Together?Editor - 29th January 2014
Tech giants call ceasefire, to focus on innovation instead of litigation
Samsung and Google have cemented their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies, essentially agreeing to share particular developments and resources rather than continue to lock into endless patent disputes. This mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years and could have really interesting potential for the imaging technology of their joint ecosystem.
“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can 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.”
With this agreement, Samsung and Google gain access to each other’s industry-leading patent portfolios, paving the way for deeper collaboration on research and for the development of current and future products and technologies.