Samsung strikes key licensing deals with Google, Ericsson

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Samsung’s looking to secure the future of their mobile and electronics business with cross-licensing patent deals with two major industry players. It has been announced that the company has come to a 10-year agreement with Google for the two companies to use each other’s patents. Samsung also settled a long-standing battle with Ericsson with a similar cross-licensing deal, though further terms weren’t disclosed. [UPDATE]: The deal is reportedly worth $650 million.

Samsung and Google says their deal is as functionally necessary as it is symbolic. The two want to show the rest of the industry that patents don’t have to be used as arms in drawn out, expensive and unnecessary wars. While it’s easiest to point out the never-ending spats between Samsung and Apple as the biggest example of this, it’s necessary to point out that many more major players  on all sides of the court are guilty of it.

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We likely have a very long way to go before patent trolling dies down. In fact, it’s hard to imagine it’ll ever die down without significant patent reform. It’s why companies like Samsung and Google have had to invest billions of dollars in securing patents for the future, using them as protection against companies taking aim at them around every turn.

Google’s most notable move was securing Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. That particular deal has been working out great for the company’s handset business, because the new Google-fied Motorola is flat-out awesome.

That said, it wouldn’t be wrong to suggest most of that valuation was due to Motorola’s extensive catalog of significant cellular patents (many of which Samsung will certainly look to take advantage of throughout this 10-year period). Let’s hope these agreements allow for more innovation by all parties, and let’s hope more companies take notice and follow suit in due time.

[via Samsung Tomorrow, Bloomberg]

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  • Mirad77

    Nice and good for both parties. Let the new gadgets start pouring.

  • DavidVarghese

    Apple is starting to sweat now…

  • Hrethgir

    So does that mean Samsung will be able to use Motorola radio patents so the Galaxy stuff will have good reception? That’s the one thing I don’t like about my GS3 is the reception, much worse than my old Motorola Droid X.

    • BloodKil

      *shrug*

      My gs3 had excellent reception when I was using it. Iirc there was one radio that ended up sucking, but as I was always rooted, I was able to skip that one and roll back to an earlier version when it was the “newest”.

      On average I think I was pulling anywhere from 66-72 dBm around my house/towns all around me and high 80′s out in bum f#^k Egypt (aka in places where the nearest Wal-Mart was over an hour drive away)

  • JamFan

    Patents so Tizen OS won’t have any legal issues coming to market.