Samsung and Google Sign Global Patent License Agreement

January 27, 2014 | Comments | Tomorrow Works

Samsung Electronics and Google Inc. furthered their long-term cooperative partnership with a global patent cross-license agreement covering a broad range of technologies and business areas. The mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years.

 

“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”

 

With this agreement, Samsung and Google gain access to each other’s industry-leading patent portfolios, paving the way for deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future products and technologies.

 

“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,” said Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”

 

  • Hyperboy

    If you can’t beat em…..

    • maysider

      yes, they have to defend against the biggest patent trolls Microsoft + Apple

      • Smokes

        paulgpetty got it right. There’s no money changing hands in this cross licensing. Now the real story today is the Ericsson and Samsung license deal.

  • paulgpetty

    Was Google on the verge of suing the manufacturer responsible for putting the most Android devices in market? This just seems like posturing … “Hey Tim, look what we did.” If anything, this makes open Android look like it’s about to get clamped down; or in other words: what did Samsung have to license from Google?

  • Beldar

    Good news for consumers. Much weeping and gnashing of teeth at Apple, I’d bet.

  • Samantha86

    Imagine how great our tech could be if more companies found ways to cooperate instead of suing everyone over trivialities.

    • junaidien

      exactly !!!!

    • samsungtomorrow

      We love your spirit @Samantha86

    • canoeberry

      What!? Innovation is usually created when people work really really really hard at something, out of a combination of love of their job and desire for success. Companies fight to win and often fight just to survive, and they would do anything to succeed, and it is the laws of the land which are meant to keep them in check. (This incidentally is why we need strong governments that people believe in.)

      Which reminds me, Samsung, for example, has been caught cheating in performance tests on their phones. Where’s the outrage?

      Anyway, Apple’s engineers worked their asses off for several years with no idea whether it was going to pan out. Some of them burned out, some of them had nervous breakdowns, but they did it and changed the world. And then everyone else came along and copied them, without the nervous breakdowns or uncertainty because Apple had already proven the concept. I wonder how that would make you feel.

      Nobody would work that hard if they had to share their success with their rivals. That is not how the world works, although it is an experiment that has been tried with spectacular failure more than once in history.

  • Yeikel

    Ojalá esto ayude a mejorar mayor estabilidad, rapidez y funcionamiento de las nuevas versiones Android de Samsung…

  • canoeberry

    Ah, the two thieves now “complete each other”. Both stole with reckless abandon from Apple and Google stole from Sun as well. The mind boggles. I hope they will be happy together with their plunder. Apple and Sun innovated at great expense and risk to themselves, while Google and Samsung ripped them off apparently with the whole hearted support of consumers and the courts …

    • Jad

      Apple did not innovate anything, but ripped of other companies, starting with Xerox fpr the graphical user interface and still going on today e.g. control center ripped of from Android. And they are still playing catch-up with the iPhone, putting gimmicks like TouchID or a 64-bit-CPU with less than 4 GB RAM first, usability second. Sorry, little fanboy.

      • canoeberry

        Nice try. How quickly you forget that there was no smart phone industry worth discussing until Apple changed the world. If you think Apple did not change the world, you and people like you are in denial. Even Google admits that they threw out all their existing android product plans ON THE SAME DAY that Apple announced the iPhone.

        • Mike

          Nice try. Look at how Steve Jobs (peace be upon him) stole the mouse idea from Xerox, the circular control wheel for an mp3 player from Rio, and the tablet form from Microsoft. All improved no end, and marketed brilliantly, but in hardware terms they’ve never invented anything. And now they play catch-up with small tablets, and doubtless, bigger phones. I’d love to see them sue another large US company for a change.

          • Guest

            Apple ripped off everyone, even the clock for the Swiss Train Station without paying any compensation…

          • Alex

            They invented unibody designs.
            The multitouch mouse.
            Oh and it wasn’t Xerox that invented the mouse either…
            They invented the laptops wih keyboards pushed to the back, close to the screen. They invented the ultra book. The workstation that’s smaller than most normals PCs.
            The computer without fans.
            They invented the tablet with the Newton that came before any Microsoft tablet.

            Software wise, they invented so much stuff it’s impossible to list.
            Control C, control V, control Z… they invented those shortcuts everybody now uses, no kidding. They invented an OS with overlapping windows. They invented the first truly intuitive touchscreen OS.

            What did Microsoft invent, hardware-wise?

          • Mike

            As I said, improvements, not inventions. Microsoft inventions? No idea. I wasn’t discussing them. I do know they made a computer in the home the norm.

          • Alex

            Well, it was Apple too that introduced the computer in homes, thanks to the use of a great UI coupled with a new input interface, the mouse. Just like they did with the iPhone, with a great touch UI and a touchscreen.
            And calling what I listed ‘improvements’ rather than inventions is a little too easy. At this point I might say that nobody invented anything in the computing space since the introduction of the computer in the 40s. Unibody designs are not just an improvement over previous computer cases. Other computers don’t use their case for cooling. Unibody aluminum designs allow for thinner computers and help cooling the air inside.
            The multitouch mouse is not just an improvement of a normal mouse. It allows to do multitouch gestures usually done on a trackpad. Two things in one. That’s an invention. Your are just playing on words.

        • Jad

          No, I am just challenging the “innovation” part. Jobs was a genius as far as “finding something good somewhere else and marketing it as something from Apple” is concerned. Hell, he even cheated Wozniak when selling the Breakout game Woz wrote. Jobs timing for releasing products was always perfect, so was the marketing. But real grass roots innovation? First only by Woz, than none at all.

          • canoeberry

            This is really such complete nonsense. Apple never just took some idea and redid it exactly as somebody else did. Apple has taken ideas and improved upon them, simplified them, imbued them with good taste, more successfully than anyone else. Xerox Parc’s mouse was sitting unused by the masses – god knows why.

            But in the case of the iPhone the innovation was was leaps and bounds beyond what anyone else had done or was doing at the time, and it stopped everyone else in their tracks, even Google as they have admitted (just search for “google started over” in google). All the cocky know-it-all engineers in the phone industry thought Apple would be successfully copied before the iPhone came out 6 months after the announcement but even COPYING what they did with anything approaching the quality level they achieved proved difficult for several years. (Even when the other hardware vendors threw absurd amounts of hardware at the problem.)

            I do not know what the right answer is, but I do not like that Apple did all the work and everyone else copied it. Now, sure, everyone is innovating because they caught up (because copying is a lot faster than innovating) but for Apple to subsidize everyone else’s foray into this business does not seem right to me.

            And to the person that called me a faggot, wtf is the matter with you?

        • Nelson Wasiuk

          Apple ripped off everyone, even the clock for the Swiss Train Station without paying any compensation… Now it’s catching up and can’t make it. Is always been like this, great years and fall under the competition. All over again…

          • Alex

            Actually, they changed back their clock and paid the Swiss company.

        • Truth

          Wow, you are really falling for the Apple marketing nonsense. Google has never even suggested that they “threw out all their work on Android” in response to the iphone. It is easily proven beyond any doubt by the initial commit dates on many, many files still present in today’s Android source code. They simply predate the iPhone’s release (you can verify things like this independently, one of the benefits of Android’s open source model).

          Stop spreading lies in support of your beloved corporate power.

          • canoeberry

            I replied to this hours ago (and something else) and it has not appeared on the website much to my dismay, but to answer your point about “Google has never suggested threw out all their work”, run the following google search: google threw out android and started over.

          • samsungtomorrow

            @canoeberry Sorry that the reply hasn’t appeared on the blog yet. If your reply or comment included a link, the system tend to recognize it as a spam. We will take a look at it though. We appreciate all comments. Thanks!

          • canoeberry

            I realized later it must have been the links, so I came back with google search terms instead :-)

            Cheers!

          • Smokes

            The real patent license news today is Ericsson and Samsung’s license agreement. It ends all ongoing litigation between the parties. The details of the agreement are confidential and will not be disclosed. Information of the financial impact of the initial payment on Ericsson’s Q4 2013 results will be included in Ericsson’s Q4 2013 earnings report. The initial payment is north of $1B, suggesting that Ericsson will earn billions of dollars over the years.

            With this Google/Samsung deal there’s no money changing hands, it’s a publicity stunt at best. There are now at least 23 Android OEM’s paying license fees to Microsoft (seems like everyone except Motorola/Google), and several are already paying License fees to Apple.

            Ah Android, such a FREE platform (lol).

          • Smokes

            truth, do a little research before spreading your lies. From a December 23, 2013 Gizmodo article: “Apple changed the mobile industry with the iPhone, and has been known to suggest that others have copied it along the way. Now, one of Android’s original software architects admits that Google had “to start over” the day the iPhone was announced.

            When the iPhone was launched in 2007, Android had already been in development for two years. An excerpt from Fred Vogelstein’s Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, published on The Atlantic, explains how Chris DeSalvo, who worked with Andy Rubin at Danger before joining Google to build Android, admitted the iPhone’s arrival forced the team into realising that they were “going to have to start over.””

          • Alex

            There are testimonies who said that Google felt they had to start from scratch. Their Android devices all had keyboards for example.

    • Steve

      Nice try faggot

    • http://www.devurge.com/ Wicksell Metellus

      This made me laugh. Be honest. What ideas did Apple invent from scratch? Think and do a Google search before you answer…. :)

      • Alex

        Unibody designs.

  • http://www.GenericDomainMarket.com Sameh

    Great news! Prepare yourself to watch Google & Samsung crush everyone in their way!

    • samsungtomorrow

      @Sameh We surely appreciate your enthusiasm, my friend!

  • Alex

    Now only if Apple could get in on this and help develop new technologies instead of putting patents of finger swiping.

    • Alex

      Thing is, Apple has been doing cross-patent with a lot of competitors in the past years like Microsoft and Google. It’s just that Samsung came and copied both the look of the UI and the phones without asking, as if Apple wouldn’t say a thing. This is the true story.

  • Lewis

    Yes! I’m very happy to hear this than to hear about another
    ridiculous patent dispute! So damn happy! I just hope more companies
    will join in. The pressure is on, Apple, what’s your move?

  • Coinmanmat

    Now only if you can do this with Apple. We are all getting tired of ridiculous patent litigation

  • Smokes

    The real patent license news today is Ericsson and Samsung’s license agreement. It ends all ongoing litigation between the parties. The details of the agreement are confidential and will not be disclosed. Information of the financial impact of the initial payment on Ericsson’s Q4 2013 results will be included in Ericsson’s Q4 2013 earnings report. “[t]he initial payment in the agreement will impact Ericsson sales and net income in Q4 2013 by SEK 4.2 b. [$650 million] and SEK 3.3 b. [$500 million]”, suggesting that Ericsson will earn billions of dollars over the years.

    As for this announcement between Google and Samsung there’s no money changing hands, it’s a publicity stunt at best. There are now at least 23 Android OEM’s paying license fees to Microsoft (seems like everyone except Motorola/Google), and several are already paying License fees to Apple. Ah Android, such a FREE platform (lol).

  • Mike

    Strange how the fruit fans can only bang on about phones, backed by US-centric court decisions. The Galaxy was bigger, thinner, lighter, cheaper, and didn’t have the fruit on it. Where was the copying? I could tell the difference between an iP3 and an S with my eyes shut.

    In design terms, some shapes and features work best for the human user. In functional terms, why don’t they man up and sue the copier – if that’s what they think? Oh wait, that would be another large US company.

    Benz let the market decide. He didn’t sue the arse off every other car maker who put a tyre at each corner and a round wheel inside.

    In the smartphone game, the market has decided, and it isn’t iOS. Apple aren’t leading any longer, they’re following, hence iPad Mini. What’s the betting on a larger screened iP6?

    But fair play, they make some lovely stuff, by taking existing ideas, improving them no end, and marketing them brilliantly. What they don’t do is invent.

    • kewena

      Amen bro.

  • Mangap

    hope more company join the agreement. so more products can be produced much better without worry of the patent attack. By making more patent collaboration Better products are easy to produce

  • http://zgh.no Kevin Jin

    like but seriously, like this is just amazing look at apple, just look at it, now its to the point where it crossed the line of being stupid and hilarious. Apples just like “oh look pinch to zoom its so “revolutionary”” But seriously who cares? There is patents that apple got away with is WIFI on a phone, motorola sued them, but they just passed that **** thing they should make them pay what they were doing to others. but by all my heart great job samsung