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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Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

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

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

In fact, Apple lost most of its non-American lawsuits. Even "victories" were hollow; e.g., a small patch from Samsung to circumvent it all. Apple could have earned a lot more money and goodwill had they simply licensed.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Well when you redefine victory to mean "all court cases EXCEPT an arbitrary country" then you can possibly almost make that statement believable.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Where has Samsung won some? They're at best, being generous a very good defensive player, in that they've been able to have some motions dismissed or some have been able to work around some infringements. Overall though a vast majority of their offensive patent attacks have been unsuccessful.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Samsung has not engaged in any offensive patent attacks. All their moves have been defensive against repeated attacks from software and design patent abuser Apple.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Well, that escalated quickly.

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