Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 00:02 UTC

Ingrid Lunden explains the significance of the deal (I dislike her headline though, since it falsely implies Google and Samsung were at legal odds):

First, the deal will bolster both Samsung and Google's patent positions against patent infringement allegations and subsequent litigation from competitors, and specifically Apple, which has been involved in acrimonious, multinational patent battles worth billions of dollars against Samsung for years now, over Samsung's Android-powered range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Second, it is a sign of how Google continues to put the patents it gained from its $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition to good use across the Android ecosystem. The ecosystem part is key here. I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see deals like this one appear with other OEMs.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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Microsoft has been threatening other companies and the Linux world for years with software patents, and threatens companies into paying them for Android use, even though Microsoft has contributed not a single line of code.

Google and Samsung have not threatened each other or other players in any way, and sign a patent sharing agreement anyway. I know you don't see the difference because said difference is inconvenient to you, but the rest of us will.

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