Google signs yet another cross-licensing patent agreement, this time with Cisco

February 4, 2014

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    It looks like Google is buckling down and preparing a new strategy to further strengthen its position when it comes to patent litigation. The first evidence of this change in strategy came about a week ago when we first learned of the Google and Samsung patent agreement, and now it looks like a similar patent arrangement has been reached with Cisco Systems.

    Although the Samsung and Google patent has a specific range of ten years, the latest Cisco agreement is simply listed as a “long-term” arrangement. According to an official press release, the cross-licensing agreement covers a broad range of products and technologies. Both the Google and Cisco official statements make it pretty clear that the deal is primarily designed to reduce the risk of future litigation.

    Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products. We're pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement.
    Allen Lo
    Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents

    We believe that this is just the beginning, and this is supported by Google’s statement that they “welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement.” It seems that Google is preparing a “patent wall” that should help keep patent trolls and even bigger sue-happy industry giants (looking at you Apple…) at bay. This patent wall isn’t just about protecting Google’s future, but is about helping its partners as well.

    In today's overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits. This agreement is an important step in promoting innovation and assuring freedom of operation.
    Dan Lang
    Cisco's Vice President of Intellectual Property

    What do you think, is this just the beginning of more cross-licensing patent agreements for Google? Could this strategy eventually help bring an end to (or at least dramatically reduce) the ‘patent wars’? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

    Comments

    • Brendon Brown

      Hope Google makes a phone with all the Moto and Samsung patents that they have gained .. It’ll be a killer!

    • MasterMuffin

      A part of me wishes that Apple would join in this and make licensing agreement with Google (end of patent wars), but another part wishes that Apple would be left out and sued by everyone >:)

      • David Loman

        I hear you! I would only take an “agreement” in ending the litigations with Apple. But, I would be so happy to see Apple loosing billions of dollars in patent litigations until they go bankrupt and have to sell the company. That would just be awesome!!!

        • Brendon Brown

          Apple plays an important role in how good Android phones end up being

          • BD1971

            Apple may have been important in the very beginning of how good other phones were but not now. If it wasn’t for all the things Android has done Apple users wouldn’t have half the features they have now. Thank you Android.

            • Brandon Miranda

              It still does play an important role. Had it not been for the 5S we might’ve had to wait maybe another year a two for 64-bit in Android devices.

            • Jayfeather787

              Well, not necessarily. We have been developing a 64-bit processor for a while, but nothing yet.

            • Brandon Miranda

              Yes but I believe as a result of the 5S, we are going to have 64-bit Android devices sooner (yay!) and they will be better the first time around. Or be complete rubbish.

            • Jayfeather787

              ok

            • BD1971

              Oh yeah because 64 bit is so useful right now. There is no software out that uses 64 bit. What are you running that needs 64 bit? Nothing. I guarantee you will have upgraded to the next Apple phone before you see any software on your phone now that is 64 bit.

            • Brandon Miranda

              Everything on the 5S is 64-bit besides some small apps managed by smaller developers. Also don’t you worry, I’ll make sure to have the next latest and greatest in the Android world.

            • Brendon Brown

              That too of course, Competition ends in better results, thats all i was really saying.

        • Chris

          I am a die hard Android fan but I completely disagree with your statement. I hope Apple stays relevant and keeps putting pressure on other mobile operating systems to do better…

          Regardless, Apple isn’t going anywhere. They may have staggered when it comes to innovation but with time, I think we will see something unique, like the iPod, come from Apple once again.

          Go watch the documentary on Steve Jobs and you will see why Apple has been a key role in technological advances over the past 30 years. #respect #nexus5owner

          • AA :P

            while I agree apple has been great with some innovation, they assume that others aren’t capable of the same. while they thieve readily, they go ballistic when others “borrow” their ideas, much like they do.

            that to me is a big no-no. if they continue to the same patent trolls, then it’s nice to see them burn a lot of cash to patent trolls.

            however, overall, patent trolls are a bad idea, and we need to do away with software patents (specifically silly and obvious ideas)

      • Bryan Z

        I’d rather they (apple) didn’t. You see competition is good and everything goes when it comes to business. Everyone plays dirty and wars are never won or lost but battles are. Specially with companies like Google and Apple, it reminds me of that book “Too Big to Fail” if you read it you’ll know what I’m talking about. If they had an agreement it’d be boring don’t you think?

        • MasterMuffin

          There’d always be Microsoft!

          • Bryan Z

            That is true, although we’ll see how it goes for them with the new CEO in the next few years

            • MasterMuffin

              I really don’t know much about that guy other than he reminds me too much about Steve Jobs, maybe it’s the baldness and glasses :D BTW funny thing from Microsofts announcement: “he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.””

            • Bryan Z

              Lol I thought the same thing when I saw him just like andy rubin. Anyway going back to MS, they sure have perseverance ;D Here is how MS is looking to change the world: lol

            • MasterMuffin

              10 people in MS store, new record! It’s something ;D

        • Guest123

          Haven’t been a fan of apple’s for. . . well, over 20 years now. However, I do agree that they are great for competition.

          And ultimately no corporation really cares about anything other than making money off consumers, thus the more competition we have the better it is for us, the consumer.

          • Bryan Z

            That is the ultimate truth my friend even non-profit organizations focus on money. Another reason why I want Tizen to enjoy some kind of success here in the US. Android and iOS competing with each other is getting old.

        • Shark Bait

          Totally true. If it wasn’t for apple , I Probably wouldnt have my amazing nexus 5!!!

          • Bryan Z

            Ditto

          • AA :P

            agreed. on the same vein, if not for nokia/ motorola/ sony/ ericsson there wouldn’t have been an iphone :P

            i’m on the same page with apple having a respectful place i nthe industry as long as they too behave.

    • Shark Bait

      At least they might finally be getting value out of the Motorola deal!

    • Xavier_NYC

      It’s official. Google is officially taking over the world.

    • Vidyadhar Manupati
    • Brandon Miranda

      God dang! Can you not be any more blatanty bias and bashful in this post? Apple is by no means a patent troll. You guys write good stuff but have a serious problem with competition and bias.. I mean its getting to a point of ridiculousness.

      • Brandon Miranda

        I encourage someone to reply to this comment in every mean possible way you can think of.

        • Jayfeather787

          Hello.

          • Brandon Miranda

            How you doing?

            • Jayfeather787

              Great thank you. Your earlier posts sounded like you needed a hug or something.

            • Brandon Miranda

              Indeed I am in the need of a hug. Would you be kind enough to supply me with one?

            • Jayfeather787

              Yeah man bro hug. *virtual hug somehow*

            • Brandon Miranda

              Lol.

        • tocsin

          Well no s*** its AA some blogs are just really bias, idownloadblog for example among ios (there’s a couple more too) while AA is that for the android blogs. Go to android police if you want a ‘proper’ blog.

          • Brandon Miranda

            What are you talking about? iDB is super un-bias and I agree with you on Android Police.

            • tocsin

              Nah I’ve gotta say I have found quite a bit of bias and android bashing in the few times I’ve visited IDB maybe I was just unlucky and the only times I visited them was the time they were being biased

            • Brandon Miranda

              By Android bashing do you mean when they were talking about Apple execs or others coming up with bad news about Android displayed on charts? If so, the I will have to disagree.

            • tocsin

              Hahaha its funny cos you just replied to another of my comments on iDB, anyway no that’s not what I meant but maybe you should get you’re fanboy ass back there and dont you dare say the same to me for I own an ipad and as much as iOS pisses me off I use it daily, but a look at your display picture says it all.

            • Brandon Miranda

              Don’t dare call me a fanboy either. I own a Nexus 7 and as much as it pisses me off, (lol jk I love it) I still use it daily. I’m going to buy a Nexus 5 to be a companion with the Peblble I will be purchasing. After that I will buy the iPhone 6 and the GS5. As well as other phones.

      • Arturo Raygoza

        isn’t apple part of the rock star consortium?

        • Brandon Miranda

          Indeed they are.

    • Jayfeather787

      Well this can do nothing but help Google so I’m ok with it.

    • tocsin

      Google going on the offensive? Apple butt about to get kicked?

    • AA :P

      I wish a bunch of companies would get together to counter “rockstar”

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