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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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:12 UTC
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

Waiting for the faux outrage at the licensing of IP. Google/Samsung just did exactly what Microsoft/Samsung or Microsoft/Facebook did.

http://www.osnews.com/story/25193/Microsoft_Samsung_Sign_Patent_Lic...

http://www.osnews.com/story/25862/Microsoft_Facebook_announce_paten...

Yet strangely this article lacks the usual inflammatory rhetoric.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:20 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Microsoft has been threatening other companies and the Linux world for years with software patents, and threatens companies into paying them for Android use, even though Microsoft has contributed not a single line of code.

Google and Samsung have not threatened each other or other players in any way, and sign a patent sharing agreement anyway. I know you don't see the difference because said difference is inconvenient to you, but the rest of us will.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 27th Jan 2014 12:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

So I can expect there will be no faux outrage?
Because cross licensing agreements benefit both parties last I checked.

Microsoft helped Samsung in that instance. Its a mutually beneficial exchange.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 27th Jan 2014 20:06 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

It sounds like this is a mutual agreement, meaning Google can use Samsung patents and Samsung can use Google Patents.

Those other ones you linked to, look one sided as in "I'll let you use my patents for $$$".

It doesn't look like the samsung microsoft agreement has stopped the law suites. So it may have settled some issues, but not all.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 27th Jan 2014 21:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Both agreements I linked to are cross licensing agreements. Thom's rhetoric would just have you think otherwise.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by andydread on Tue 28th Jan 2014 12:16 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

Waiting for the faux outrage at the licensing of IP. Google/Samsung just did exactly what Microsoft/Samsung or Microsoft/Facebook did.

http://www.osnews.com/story/25193/Microsoft_Samsung_Sign_Patent_Lic...

http://www.osnews.com/story/25862/Microsoft_Facebook_announce_paten...

Yet strangely this article lacks the usual inflammatory rhetoric.


Hey clown. Microsoft is taxing people on code MS has nothing to do with. How about you sit down at your computer and write some code and I come along and claim ownership of your code due to dubious and shaky abstract software-patents that you have to spend millions to defend yourself against? I'm sure your head hasn't been that far up your gluteus maximus that you are unaware of this very important fact because you read OSnews so you must be a troll and a very poor one to boot.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 28th Jan 2014 13:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Samsung likely didn't write any code for the software patents they just licensed to Google. Want to try that again?

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