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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by acobar on Mon 27th Jan 2014 13:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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It should be not a surprise to you that many osnews visitors are against software patents (at least on its current permissive form) and, specially, against those that try to enforce them against others just with the intuit to gain what looks like an unfair advantage. On Apple case, those debatable design patents. On MS case, granted, the things are different, but it should be argued that as they were the dominant player and interoperability is needed, software patents should not be enforced specifically on such cases where the intent is to achieve this, i.e. a working interoperability. It gives no sympathy to Apple and MS among most of us.

What Thom said on the post you are replying to finds echo on most of us on this particular case.

Edited 2014-01-27 13:16 UTC

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