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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9 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; 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: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; 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: 7500; 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: 481; 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: 7500; 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 ;)

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