Google signs ‘highly significant’ patent deal with Samsung

Google and Samsung have signed a patent deal, which is set to cover "a broad range of technologies and business areas".

This comes on the back of Samsung using Google’s Android operating systems, which led to Google being poised to overtake Apple as the top app platform.

Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google, said of the agreement: "We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung. By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation."

Samsung has faced law suits from Apple in the past, due to similarities in phones.

Making a slight reference to this, Dr. Seungho Ahn, head of Samsung’s intellectual property centre added: “This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry.

"Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”

Earlier this month, Apple and Samsung agreed to appoint a mediator before talks over patent disputes in a March trial.

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