Google And LG Sign Cross-Licensing Patent Deal

Posted on Nov 5 2014 - 11:11am by Devesh
Google Nexus 5

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We previously bought you news about Google and Samsung signing a cross-licensing patent deal with each other. Google has gone ahead and signed a similar deal with LG, another Android OS smartphone manufacturer. Allen Lo, Google’s Deputy General Counsel for Patents announced the deal. This agreement encompasses existing patents from both Google and LG and various future filings covering the next ten years.

The cross-licensed patents cover a wide variety of products and technologies. The cross-licensing patent deal will enable both Google and LG to use each other’s products and technologies in upcoming products. This results in a win-win for both companies.

LG has been with Google since the start of Android OS and has also been part of the Nexus range of devices – mainly the Nexus 4 of 2012 and Nexus 5 of 2013. LG was the Android Wear inaugural launch partner with their G Watch and G Watch R smartwatches.

This year, LG will not be manufacturing any of the Nexus devices (Smartphones/Tablets). This year, Google has chosen HTC for building the Nexus 9 tablet, and Motorola (read Lenovo) to make their Nexus 6 smartphone. Another thing to note is that LG went ahead and embedded Android in their Smart Refrigerators.

The cross-licensing patent deal recently announced in a clear indication that Google and LG have a very strong working relationship, which they intend to take forward. Currently, we do not have any details on this cross-licensing patent deal other than what has been announced by the respective companies.

We hope that other companies will see this as a method to go forward in this space and do more cross-licensing patent deals rather than to sue each other over royalties.

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