Google and LG agree to license each other’s patents for the next 10 years


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Following in the footsteps of arch nemesis Samsung, tonight, LG and Google are announcing their own global cross patent license agreement. According to LG’s press release, the inked deal will see the two companies using each other’s patents whenever they like — both existing and future patents — over the next 10 years. Google’s deputy general counsel for patents said in a statment,

“We’re pleased to enter into this agreement with a leading global technology company like LG. By working together on cross-licenses like this, companies can focus on bringing great products and services to consumers around the world.”

They didn’t exactly reveal any sort of back story about why they came to this agreement, but the obvious assumption that that both will benefit greatly by using each other’s technologies with the fear of stepping on anyone’s toes or ruffling any features, further strengthening Android’s foothold across the globe. Legal battles, while not Google’s forte, are still a reality in today’s mobile market.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Good…good…

  2. Both companies have definitely benefited from their recent partnerships. The Nexus 4 and 5 have been very popular for Google and working closely with Google has allowed LG to realize huge increases in units moved with regards to the Optimus G, G2 and G3.

  3. Thanks to that LG G4 will eat Shitsung S6 and Craphone 7. Happy, happy, happy…

    1. Don’t know why, considering Samsung signed a similar deal with Google MONTHS ago. LG ALWAYS copies what Samsung does….even with this.

  4. Great move is this. Watch closely one must!

  5. My first thought: LG’s “tap the screen to turn it on” isn’t patented, is it? Because the nexus has that now…

    1. Moto has it as well as the OPO.

      1. And the One M8.

  6. I wanted my G3 based N5 refresh.

  7. Does this partnership also include mutual legal protection against external patent predator? Let’s say, Microsoft attacks LG for some patent violations, would Google step in to give LG a helping hand?

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