In a move to help steer clear of any more legal trouble, HTC and Samsung have entered into a partnership with Intellectual Ventures to use over 30,000 software patents in their phones, and in Samsung’s case, a myriad of other devices. This is especially handy for HTC who’s faced nothing but legal trouble since they spearheaded the Android movement back in 2008.
While you would think Google would be bearing the legal load for anything Android related, these companies step into territories beyond Google’s control whenever they add their own layers of customization on top of it. While patent infringement lawsuits never spell doom for the parties being sued, I’ll bet it’ll be nice for tHTC and Samsung knowing that they won’t have to deal with it as long as they stay within the bounds of this new partnership. [HTC, Samsung via A&M]