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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Thom_Holwerda
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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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The US is clearly a special case - the only country stupid enough to allow complex patent cases to be handled by a random group of idiots (i.e., people like us) instead of proper judges and specialists. No surprise it's the only country where Apple has scored a decisive victory.

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