Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 00:02 UTC

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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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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Nelson Member since:

I'm not sure where you got that idea from, but Samsung has initiated patent action in Germany for example.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Yup. After Apple attacked them.

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Tony Swash Member since:

I'm not sure where you got that idea from, but Samsung has initiated patent action in Germany for example.

You misunderstand. By definition all Apple initiated patent cases are offensive (designed to destroy innovation) and all Samsung and Motorola/Google initiated patent cases are defensive (designed to protect innovation). What sequence any of those cases occurred in or what the actual substance of any of those cases concerned is irrelevant, it is simply an a priori truth that Apple attacks when it sues and Samsung and Motorola/Google defend when they sue. Clear?

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Slambert666 Member since:

Counter-suing is not an offensive move per definition.

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