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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"Nice try rewriting history. Who started the patent war between Apple and Samsung?

Was it Apple, or Samsung?

It's Apple, so Apple is the aggressor (attacker), and Samsung the defender. There really is no other way to spin this, no matter how hard you try.

Who sued first Apple or Motorola? If chronology matters then surely it matters in all cases.

Motorola sued to get a declaration that they do not violate Apple's patents because Apple was threatening to sue them. If you walk up to me and claim u are going to punch me in the face because I stole your bike and I go tell the cops that you are going to punch me in the face and that I didn't steal your bike does that means I am the aggressor?

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