Google and Samsung have made an agreement to cross-license each other's patents for the next ten years. That includes any patents already held, or any new ones issued in the coming decade.
“We’re pleased to enter into a cross-license with our partner Samsung,” said Allen Lo, Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google. “By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation.”
“This agreement with Google is highly significant for the technology industry,” added Dr. Seungho Ahn, the Head of Samsung’s Intellectual Property Center. “Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes.”
Yeah, that last comment totally isn't aimed at Apple, right? Long live Android! [Samsung]