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It wasn't that long ago when Google announced that it had entered a cross-licensing deal with Samsung, and just two days ago, it entered one with Cisco as well. Not to be left out, Samsung announced today that it, too, had signed a deal with Cisco. As a part of this deal, both companies will have access to the other's patent portfolios for the next ten years.

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Like the deals that came before, this agreement aims to reduce the risk of unnecessary patent lawsuits in the future. In March of last year, Google started an initiative called the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge, which provides a pool of patents the company owns that it won't sue anyone ever as long as everyone's playing along nicely. Today's deal is a different beast, but it marks a continued effort by companies to protect themselves from the threat of full-scale patent warfare.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Danny Davis

    I really wished more company did something like this in some form or fashion.

  • Trent Russell

    So wait...Google -> Samsung
    Google -> Cisco
    Cisco -> Samsung

    Cisco Google Samsung

    HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED.

    • Frettfreak

      LMFAO!!!!!!!!! Awesome! lol

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    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Oh god, I haven't seen one of these for a while now

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      I smell shenanigans.

  • Dominic Powell

    This seems like global nuclear disarmament. Everybody is going into cross licensing agreements (except apple). Bodes well for the future if Google can continue what they are doing.

    • Frettfreak

      I am just wondering what (if anything) will help them in the suits that are already going on. Would be awesome if Cisco has some magical (pun intended) patents that would help Samsung with its apple issues!!

    • Frettfreak

      So basically apple is N. Korea!!

      • Brad

        mmm. apple is russia.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          lolno, Samsung Bada OS is Russia. Apple is anything but that.

          • Brad

            Apple is Nazi Germany?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            That's Kinda harsh, but close to the truth with all the restrictions and "you will do with your devices only what we allow you to"

          • Frettfreak

            Lol. I like that one!

          • Jadephyre

            Please don't bring up that old quote, it's uncalled for and unnecessarily hyperbolic. And yes, I AM german.

      • Dominic Powell

        All Hail our emphatic leader.

      • Matthew Fry

        Actually Apple is in the patent troll company Rockstar along with BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. They're more like the communist bloc.

        • Frettfreak

          Oh I know. It's ridiculous that Sony is. Considering Android is really helping their profits with the smartphones they have been putting out. I hate Rockstar.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      And such bonds are good for possible future patent lawsuits

      • Matthew Fry

        Maybe Google is forming its own Rockstar Consortium. I think they should call it the Red Bull Alliance.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Why Red Bull?

          • Matthew Fry

            Rockstar/Red Bull are energy drinks. Consortium/Alliance are associations for mutual benefit.

    • Johnny Bravo

      annnnd windows

  • joser116

    The Avengers

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Does this mean that whenever Google makes a cross-deal - Samsung will also make one because it is now tied to Google wth a 10-year agreement?

  • Ray

    First Google and Samsung. Then Google and Cisco. Now Cisco and Samsung.

    Anyone think these three have some big plans on the cards?

  • Jadephyre

    Good decision from all parties involved. While this won't stop other patent trolls, it will be good for the companies that participate.
    Everyone wins, including the customers.

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