Google and Cisco have announced a cross-licensing patent agreement in an effort to stop any unnecessary action between the two firms or their affiliates.
The two companies did not disclose the value of the deal. But they said the agreement would allow them both to benefit from the patents without fear of legal action and stood in contrast to the actions of some in the market engaged in so-called patent trolling.
Allen Lo, Google's deputy general counsel for patents, said the deal would help both firms innovate rather than litigate.
“Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products," he said. "We're pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement."
Cisco’s vice president of Intellectual Property Dan Lang offered similar sentiments: "In today's overly litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits," he said.
"This agreement is an important step in promoting innovation and assuring freedom of operation."
The deal is the latest patent agreement announced by Google in recent weeks, following a 10-year patent-licensing deal with Android partner Samsung.
Numerous firms have been engaged in patent disputes over the past few years, most notably Samsung and Apple on both technical and design lawsuits. Last week IBM signed a deal with Twitter for the use of 900 patents to end a legal spat that was brewing.
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