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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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.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Samsung very recently had SEPs thrown out in Germany and SK. They've also drawn the ire of the EU for their anticompetitive abuse of SEPs.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So they're just like Apple: win some, lose some.

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