Google debuts PAX program to avoid patent wars and bring peace among Android OEMs

Google debuts PAX program to avoid patent wars and bring peace among Android OEMs

Patent lawsuits in the smartphone industry have become something of a pattern in the last couple of years, as companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Nokia and other major players have been fighting each other for supremacy.

Believe it or not, Google wasn't to stop all this non-sense with a cross-license agreement that will have to be signed by all its Android partners. The initiative is called PAX (“peace” in Latin), and it's been created with the help with Android OEMs.

Under PAX, companies that sign will grant each other royalty-free patent licenses that cover both Android and Google Applications on eligible devices.


Here are the companies that have already signed the agreement and will not file lawsuits against each other when it comes to infringing patents regarding Android: Google, Samsung, LG, Foxconn, HMD Global, HTC, Coolpad, BQ, and Allview.

All the above companies own a total of 230,000 patents worldwide. According to Google, the PAX initiative is likely to grow as new members sign the agreement, which means even fewer chances for Android OEMs to sue each other.

source: Google

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15 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

And Apple will sue them all, useless actually, because you rarely see Android OEMs suing each other

5. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Apple sue Google ?? With all the accquired patents from Motorola ? It will never happens :))

2. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Yup. Apple is the problem here, not other Android OEMs.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Too bad Google/Samsung can't strongarm Apple like they do most Android OEMs.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6863; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What the hell are you talking about? Apple is the one that is constantly in litigation with any and All. Apple just recently is after Qualcomm because Apple thinks that Qualcomm is charging Apple too much for their LTE patents, and Apple is expecting some rebates back from Qualcomm. If all the OEMs were smart they would work together and make Apple pay a special FY fee, for being a prick. Sorry I meant to say an exceptional buyer of their components. Besides Apple is always boasting and bragging about record profits. So those OEMs should increase their components prices, specifically​ just for Apple. ;-)

8. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"So those OEMs should increase their components prices, specifically​ just for Apple. ;-)" I'm pretty sure that's price fixing/manipulation. Not like it matters, those OEMs would play ball regardless. Apple only buys components from a select few entities anyhow.

4. tangbunna

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

apple is american. naturally when american steal, no one dare to sue. if other steal american, it is called torrorist.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"apple is american" Starting off strong... "naturally when american steal, no one dare to sue." I'm pretty sure theft is illegal no matter where you go, but whatever. Oh, and Google IS an American company as well. Just an FYI... " if other steal american, it is called torrorist." https://media3.giphy.com/media/ToMjGpjpXMFPshSYGLm/giphy.gif

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

According to urban dictionary, "torror" is a mix of horror and terror. So it's a terrorist that is horrifying at the same time? Dunno lol. Perhaps it's osombi hahahttp://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1BG6oLt2Vqk/TyvEVFLaooI/AAAAAAAADm0/R9ef_Z5QaXc/s1600/cineb_osombi.jpg It's a pretty bad thing to steal Americans ;)

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 6651; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This is either stupid or a stroke of genius. Stupid, because some companies innovate more while other won't invest a Penny for r&d. Stroke of genius, because for instance LG won't be owning anymore parents, it will "sell" it's entire portfolio to LGP(atent) and it won't be LG suing but LGP - which has no agreement ;).

10. Subie

Posts: 2296; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

This agreement is about software - related to Android and Google "apps" only. Any proprietary software as well as all hardware will still require all companies to do their own R&D.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 6651; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't get it; can you give us a "for instance"?

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

For instance, Android itself is free to use and over 400 partners are taking advantage of this. In 2016 there were more than 4,000 "major" devices running Android released and there are more than 1.6 billion people using them. That's a big draw forany company, no matter how large or small it may be right now. An agreement like PAX can help them all focus on spending time and money to drive their business instead of in court.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6651; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If Android is free to use today, why should the companies sign Google's program?

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The PAX agreement ought to help participants defend against patent trolls — companies that own patents make nothing, and only bring in money through lawsuits — and potentially even other large tech companies should they get into a standoff over intellectual property. The agreement could be a big win for Samsung and Google. Samsung makes and sells more Android devices than any other company on the list, and this pact makes it a harder target for patent trolls to hit. For Google, this agreement also helps to open the Android ecosystem up to smaller companies that may be interested in making a device but fear litigation.

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