Global Telecoms Giants Samsung, Google Forge Patent Deal, What Now Apple?
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | January 28, 2014 12:26 PM EST
Global telecoms giants Samsung and Google has forged a 10-year cross-licensing deal on technology patents, which includes the existing ones as well as those filed within the term period.
Journalists walk at the Samsung booth during a media preview day at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Sept. 5, 2013.
Samsung made the announcement on Monday. It declined to provide details of the arrangement, including financial terms.
The collaboration, according to Allen Lo, Google's deputy general counsel for patents, in a written statement, enables both to "focus on innovation (while) reducing the potential for litigation."
Google's Android operating system powers most of Samsung's smartphones. With the deal, development of the Android ecosystem is expected to be further boosted.
"This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry," Dr Seungho Ahn, head of Samsung's Intellectual Property Center, said. "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 deal will cover other product categories between the two telecoms giants, not just Android and mobile.
"The mobile market right now is growing way beyond smartphones and tablets," Malik Saadi, practice director at ABI research, said.
Samsung has been engaged in a series of legal disputes over mobile technology patent with Apple. Just recently, the Korean company had been ordered to pay the American telecoms giant US$930 million in damages for patent infringement.
"Samsung and Google own a lot of patents, but they haven't been able to gain much leverage from those patents against Apple, Microsoft and others," Florian Mueller, an intellectual-property consultant in Germany who specialises in software patents, wrote on his blog.
According to data from IFI Claims Patent Services, Samsung received 4,676 U.S. patents in 2013, while Google got 1,851 patents.
To report problems or to leave feedback about this article, e-mail:
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
- Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]
- Selena Gomez Turns 22 Today, Celebrates Early without Justin Bieber: Top 12 Interesting Facts About the Singer [SEE PHOTOS]
- Photos from the Crash Site of Malaysia Airlines MH17 In Ukraine
Join the Conversation
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Too Much Blow for Mourning Families as Rebels Steal Bodies; Complete Passenger. Crew List Released
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Vital Black Boxes Finally Land in Hands of Malaysian Authorities, Rebels Announce Ceasefire (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
- Malaysia Airlines MH17: Russia’s Putin World’s Getting Small, Pitted Against Global Leaders
- Health Canada Orders Labeling of Mechanically Tenderized Beef Meat
- How to Deal With Slackers at the Office
- Fresh Leak Hints iPhone 6 Price and Release Date; 4.7-Inches iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Scratched in Test; New Spigen Cases Out
- iPhone 6 2014 Release Date Very Soon as Apple Orders 120M New iPhones from Foxconn – Report
- Google Nexus 6 on Release Date Will Sport 2K Display Panel & Lower Price Tag – Report
- Motorola Moto G Vs. Xiaomi Mi3 – Low in Price, High -level Features
- FCC Approves Sony Xperia Z3 for U.S. Market
- Killer Xiaomi Mi4 at $369 Likely to Come With 5.0-Inch Display, Snapdragon 801 Processor, 3GB RAM and More
- End of Times Indicators: Japan’s Mount Fuji in ‘Critical State’ to Erupt, Could Affect At Least 1.2M People