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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It was still an offensive patent measure they initiated.

My statement wasn't incorrect.

Nelson are you that brainwashed by Apple PR department? Or are one of the comment trolls working for Burson Marsteller on behalf of Apple? We know you worship anything Apple but even the most rabid of Apple worshippers knows that Apple was the one that started this software and design patent war. "We are going to kill Android" - Steve Jobs. "Open source and linux is a cancer - we can destroy it with patents" - Steve Balmer. So you basically are pissing in the wind claiming that Samsung is being offensive. The only place they are being offensive is in the marketplace where it really counts.

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