Google signs landmark patent agreement with Cisco to help fight unnecessary lawsuits

Google signs landmark patent agreement with Cisco to help fight unnecessary lawsuits
After a landmark agreement with Samsung, Google has now inked a ‘long-term’ cross-licensing patent deal with Cisco. Just like with the previous deal, the search giant and Cisco are not announcing the exact terms and patents in question, but make it clear that this will have an immediate effect and will help prevent unnecessary legal actions between Google and Cisco.

Under this new deal, the two companies will have access to each other’s patents for certain products, and while direct perusal is unlikely, there will be widened collaboration.

“The agreement allows each company to extract significant value from its patent portfolio through a license to the other's portfolio and by helping to reduce the risk of future litigation,” Cisco’s Intellectual Property VP Dan Lang said. “In today's overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits.”

“We’re pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement,” Google’s Deputy General Counsel for Patents Allen Lo said.

Companies like Google and Apple are undergoing huge intellectual property battles with many different companies, with most of those legal battles being about smartphone patents.

source: Cisco via Reuters

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7 Comments

1. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

o the times they are a changing?

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, times are a going back to before Apple went full retard. This is how they had relative peace in the industry before everything went to hell because of a design company.

3. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

It's the global debt crisis that turns people nuts imho

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

global debt crisis was created by the world bankers and speculation....

4. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well done. "Apple went full retard" comment is an instant classic.

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well said. Yea...that was around the time when I actually liked and wanted Apple products. Its sad...they almost seem like 2 separate companies comparing them back then vs now.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

GREAT WORK, GOOGLE!! Setting the bar and showing other companies how to do business....I may not trust MS, APPLE, or even Google - but, if I had to pick one of the three, the obvious choice is Google...at least with an Android phone I am giving a plethora of choices - including blocking in game ads, mobile web ads, deleting bloatware...etc, etc..etc...

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