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.

Thread beginning with comment 581744
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
They are gonna need to sign more
by Windows Sucks on Mon 27th Jan 2014 01:47 UTC
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

Motos patents have been worthless in their fight against suits. And Samsungs patents have barely helped them even in their home country.

This patent deal would only matter if Sammy stops using Android.

Not gonna save ether from:

Apple
Microsoft
Interdigital
Nokia
Rockstar

The list goes on.

Reply Score: 2

Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Yeah, this isn't really a validation of Moto's patents. This is two people on the same team patting each other on the back.

Both companies have suffered set back after set back when it comes to patents.

Reply Parent Score: 3

unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Yeah, this isn't really a validation of Moto's patents. This is two people on the same team patting each other on the back.

Both companies have suffered set back after set back when it comes to patents.



Samsung rarely loses an IP case except in the massively biased American courts. In the rest of the world Apples lawsuits are routinely thrown out for lacking merit.

Reply Parent Score: 3

Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

But, this is how patents disputes should be resolved, with mutual agreements between the two companies.

AMD and Intel always did this after some posturing and some prelim court appearances.

I understand it doesn't mean a ton in terms of defense against others, but I hope more companies resolve their disputes in this manner.

Reply Parent Score: 5