Google signs multi-year, patent cross-licensing agreement with Cisco

Google, Cisco sign a cross-licensing agreement for each others patent portfolios.

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Published Wed, Feb 5 2014 3:30 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

It was only a week ago that we reported that Google signed a 10-year patent licensing deal with Samsung, but the Mountain View-based search giant has just signed another cross-licensing agreement for patents, this time with Cisco.

Google signs multi-year, patent cross-licensing agreement with Cisco | TweakTown.com

The agreement will cover a "broad range of products and technologies" which will help both companies defend themselves from future patent infringement lawsuits, as well as prevent the companies from suing each other, too. Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, Allen Lo, says that the agreement with Cisco "will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products".

Dan Lang, Cisco's VP if Intellectual Property had similar things to say, where he 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".

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