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

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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 27th Jan 2014 20:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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It sounds like this is a mutual agreement, meaning Google can use Samsung patents and Samsung can use Google Patents.

Those other ones you linked to, look one sided as in "I'll let you use my patents for $$$".

It doesn't look like the samsung microsoft agreement has stopped the law suites. So it may have settled some issues, but not all.

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