Samsung and Google sign 10-year global patent cross-license agreement

Ian Hardy

January 26, 2014 5:05 pm

Samsung has seen its fair share of success in the smartphone world and has risen to claim the title of being the world’s leading handset manufacturer. Much of this success can be attributed to its adoption of Google Android OS, mainly with their flagship Galaxy S family of smartphones, and the Galaxy Note devices.

Samsung has been battling Apple for years over various cases of patent infringement, but today marks a “cooperative partnership” with Google. In a press release, Samsung and Google have decided to work together and have signed a “cross-license agreement” that spans over 10-years where the two companies “gain access to each other’s industry-leading patent portfolios.” The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and the agreement covers a “broad range of technologies and business areas.” Overall, it sounds like Samsung and Google will work in the spirit of advancing technology, rather than hindering its development.

Dr. Seungho Ahn, Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center, said “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.”

Full release is below:


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Google Inc. today 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.

“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.”

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 development of current and future products and technologies.

“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.”


Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Via: Gigaom

  • Maxianos

    A leader in consumer technology and a leader in web and multimedia technology together, not a bad idea!

  • Haythem Shakarchi

    I wonder if Motorola is included in this…

    • thisiscjay

      I imagine so, as Google does own them I would expect some of these patents from Sammy to be included in The Moto product line..

    • AbbyZFresh

      Not like they hold any relevance. Google’s patents are pretty weak overall with Motorola included.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Motorola is one of the main pioneers of the cell phone age…by all rights they should have some very strong and untouchable patents in their possession.

    • thisiscjay

      Correct

    • It’s Me

      Moto has a HUGE patent trove and this is exactly why Google bought them. The idea was that for $12B or so, they would have a warchest of patents to sue Apple with. They were called the mother of all patent hordes when they bought them.

      The problem, so far, is that as offensive patents, they have been next to worthless. The patents that Moto holds are mostly part of various standards. That means Moto committed to making them available on FRAND terms (Fair, Reasonable And NonDiscriminatory). That means that they can’t use them as leverage against others and they can’t use them in lawsuits unfairly (against one company but not others for the same use cases) and they can’t withhold them from anyone nor charge one company more than others. While they have tried to do all of that, they have been spanked by courts around the world for trying to sue using SEP patents..

      Samsung did not need to sign a cross license agreement to get access to these patents from Moto. They already get access to them for the same rates everyone else gets them for.

    • thisiscjay

      You should probably educate yourself on the matter. You are very incorrect, the thing is Google purchased Motorola FOR their patents…

    • kroms

      Are you using a BlackBerry ? Because you seriously sound like someone that does not know very much and those people are usually on CrackBerry shooting off crap. Please go and educate your self like the others have said.

  • The Guy

    I hope this means that Samsung will again start making the Google phones.

    • thisiscjay

      Probably not, if I understand what you are thinking.

    • Chris

      Why? The LG versions of Nexus are way, way better. Anything but Pentile and the cheapest feeling plastic possible.

    • The Guy

      Why has LG made it impossible to remove the battery when our phones power fades out before the end of the day. At least Samsung has batteries that can be removed.

    • Chris

      Yeah, you’re right about that. But really, it’s probably the only benefit the Samsung devices have over these LGs. That, and the contrast of the screen.

      There are a lot of portable USB battery backups now too though, and your device doesn’t have to be power-cycled in order to get more juice. Also, you can use the portable USB batteries to power other things like smartwatches, an ereader, tablet, etc.

      LG all the way. Hopefully their new screens are thinner and maybe they’ll have a bigger battery for the next Nexus.

    • southerndinner

      Instead you get a glass back that breaks, a horrible camera, and one of the highest defect rates in the industry. It would make no sense for Samsung to bother making profitless devices for nerd credit, the Nexus device lineup is entirely a non contender in the real world.

    • thisiscjay

      A world you apparently don’t live in. The Nexus 5 is widely considered the best Android device money can buy at the moment

  • HD Z

    Samsuck + Gaggle

    • Super_Deluxe

      The Apple Store is that way —->

    • Guest

      <—- The Microsoft Store is that way

    • Chris

      Your momma this way
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      Sorry…

    • southerndinner

      BGR is that way ——>

    • kroms

      CONGRATULATIONS You are the ” Tool of the Day ! “

  • Super_Deluxe

    Will come back when Samsung makes higher quality phones or bigger batteries that last at least a day. Happy with my g2 even though it’s made of plastic, it’s a power house and also lasts me a full day and more with heavy usage.

    • thisiscjay

      Try the Moto X. Incredible device

    • superfly

      Try moto g. Even better than moto x

    • thisiscjay

      Lol in what way?

    • TP

      I am pretty sure Note 3 will last longer than G2 under the same usage.

  • HD Z

    More cheap plastic phones for the next 10 years :)

    Yuppy!!

    • wes

      What’s wrong with plastic? Especially when everyone puts their phone in a protective case? How many naked iPhones 4, 4s, 5 and 5s’s do you see on a daily basis? Yes, they might not be plastic, but what difference does it make when a enormous percentage of all phones are in cases?

    • Chris

      Nothing is wrong with plastic, but if you’re going to use it, do it right. The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus used the cheapest plastic ever. LG did it right with the Nexus 5. Edit: And the glass Nexus 4 was awesome too.

    • southerndinner

      It was awesome until you looked at it the wrong way and it shattered.

    • BetelgeuseOrion

      ALL iphone 4 and 4s are plastic too, what do you think gives them a black or white color? its plastic glued to glass to make them feel more expensive.

    • southerndinner

      Polycarbonate. Nice try, neckbeard virgin

  • Rawrrr

    Ohh snap, does this mean a Nexus Note could happen..? This is.. Awesome news!

  • Rawrrr

    And what weather widget is that? It’s simple and nice!

  • Davan Mills

    I love the last sentence of this article.
    -Apparently it suggests that Samsung isn’t winning its litigation against Apple.
    -Secondly, Samsung is developing its own mobile OS. I wonder who the competition to that product will be.

  • Haseeb Malik

    Next Nexus..From Samsung? :o

  • MXM4K

    This is more like it. Obviously it makes financial and practical sense for these two companies to do this, since they have a symbiotic relationship when it comes to the smartphone business.

    It’s unlikely that we’ll see this across the board with different tech giants though. Patents are a business strategy tool and asset when it comes to dealing with competition. They’re not all in it to advance technology, they’re in it to make money, and keeping their patents and going after those who breach them often equates to more money, sadly.