The two companies which created the Android empire, giving users more option in a monoculture dominated by Apple, have signed a patent deal to licence each other patents. Samsung says that this ‘mutually beneficial agreement covers the two companies’ existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years.’
“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,”said Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”
While it’s good news for the Android ecosystem as these two close allies won’t have any conflict it’s bad news the opponents of the broken US patents & copyright system. It simply shows that this broken system has swallowed one of the most vocal players which was not crazy about patents – as were other US IT companies. Google did need such a deal as it is entering the hardware business and may step on a lot of patents claimed by Samsung.