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Samsung, Google ink global patent licensing deal

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Samsung and Google have signed a global patent cross-licensing deal to boost innovation and further research.

The firms, long-established as partners in the mobile technology space thanks to Samsung devices that run Google's operating system Android, say that the deal will cover existing patents filed by Google and Samsung, as well as any additional patents filed over the next ten years.

According to Recode, the agreement covers patents beyond the mobile realm and extends across multiple categories.

In a press release issued by Samsung, Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google said these kinds of deals help companies "reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation."

Google and Samsung are long-standing partners, but the companies do overlap and compete against each other in some areas -- including Google's Motorola unit and Samsung's own mobile OS, Tizen. It is unclear how, or if, this deal will impact on areas beyond Samsung Galaxy devices -- such as whether Google-patented technology could be used in Tizen, or if Motorola devices could piggyback on Samsung's intellectual property in the future.

Via: Samsung

— By on January 27, 2014, 4:17 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure