Google made news recently when it announced a cross-licensing deal with Samsung, but it's already moving on to another. The search giant has entered into a second such deal with network management firm Cisco. This might be the start of a pattern.

The specifics of the deal were not made public, but Google and Cisco did say the deal will prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits in the future. Google's deputy general counsel for patents also pointed out the company would be happy to entertain similar cross-licensing offers from other companies.

Mountain View has been trying to ease the patent tension lately. It announced its Open Patent Non-Assertion program last year with a pool of patents it made freely available, provided the licensees didn't sue over the patents. Google may be trying to tie the tech world together with these cross-licensing deals so it can better insulate itself should a full scale patent war break out. Like the saying goes, two is a coincidence, three is a pattern. Maybe another deal is already in the works.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Plerisei

    They doin the thang thang son

  • hariprasanth

    I am sure the Rockstar consoritum will be next :P

  • br_hermon

    Can anyone give me some concrete evidence that the patents that Google got from Motorola have been at all effective and been upheld in courts? I think there's been some smaller victories but... the bottom line here: Are the Motorola patents really proving their worth to Google and Android OEMs?

    • Brendan Dillon

      The cross licensing deals with Samsung and Cisco, two of the heaviest hitters in the tech industry, suggest that those who know and understand the patents best believe they're worth something.
      The millions that Motorola/Google collect in licensing fees support that as well.
      There are a few posters around screaming that the patents aren't worth the paper they're printed on, but more than $700billion worth of tech giants believe otherwise.

  • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

    I guess this is one of the benefits from the Motorola patents. (others entering cross licensing). I am sure Apple & Microsoft's lawyers won't sleep as well tonight.

    Hopefully more innovation not litigation.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Does this benefit Android in any way?

    • Matthew Fry

      I would imagine yes but I don't know for sure. Cisco is a big name in networking tech and I'm sure they have some very vital patents.

      • Roger Siegenthaler

        Cisco is a big name in everything :P, I'm fairly sure they'll have some random patents that are useful in their portfolio aswell seeing as they enjoy buying up companies left and right aswell.

    • Robb Nunya

      Maybe they'll improve their VPN offerings now... :D

  • darkdude1

    I think this could be a new trend from Google - They can win points by showing to be the company that cares, as with Apple these patent wars are never good PR, and are always anti-consumer, whereas Google is showing they are trying to bring peace and let people focus on the bigger picture: making awesome devices and innovations and sharing them with the world.

    Hopefully this will be an encouragement from Google to others (namely Apple/Samsung) to stop bitching over who "owns" what and be on good terms so they can both do their thing.

  • PranayAiran

    awesome they should now rope in other hardware vendors like qualcomm and android can innovate further without trolls

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    Maybe they can help fix the Android WiFi connectivity issues -_-