Google has provided some of its LTE wireless related patents to the Via Licensing patent pool, making them reasonably open to use by members.
The search company picked up a good deal of patents with the acquisition of Motorola. Google later sold much of the Motorola business to Lenovo, bid did retain some of the content.
Via Licensing said that the pool offers patents from AT&T, China Mobile, Clear Wireless, Deutsche Telekom, DTVG Licensing, Hewlett-Packard and KDDI on fair and predictable terms.
The firm added that Google's patents are a great addition, and should save some companies from court-based intellectual property battles, which can hinder development.
"Google's contribution of patents to Via's LTE licensing programme is significant," said Via Licensing.
"Google's decision to participate in the pool underscores the success and value of Via's LTE Patent Pool, which simplifies licensing by aggregating LTE essential patents from multiple patent owners and greatly reduces the risk of patent litigation for companies developing products and services that use LTE technology."
Google has at times appeared reluctant to take part in the patent arms race, but suggested that its donation will help drive LTE, or 4G mobile telecoms, forward.
"Via's LTE patent pool provides a great platform for others to obtain a licence to our LTE patents," said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google.
"We are very excited to join Via and the other licensors to help LTE technologies continue to thrive.
"Access to wireless technology, such as LTE, is a key component to many great products and services around the world. Via's LTE patent pool helps provide a pathway towards global connectivity."
The terms and the patent use apply only to members of the Via Licensing pool, and there are obvious omissions, including Apple and Microsoft.
However, it will make it easier for the rest of the industry to work with LTE and push the technology forward.
"We are thrilled to have Google as a partner," said Roger Ross II, president of Via Licensing.
"Google's participation underscores the growing importance of Via's LTE patent pool in helping manufacturers and service providers offer products in a cost-effective and more predictable manner."
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