The recently signed deal called “Android Networked Cross-License”, referred to as PAX group, means “peace” in Latin.
Google and many Android smartphone makers have recently passed an agreement allowing parties to use the same patent. This helps the parties to avoid problems from intellectual property infringement lawsuits.
This group, including Samsung, LG and HTC, has agreed to share patents including “Android and Google applications” on any device that meets Android compatibility requirements. Patents will be shared free of charge, and the group is said to be free and open to any participating company.
The recently signed deal is called “Android Networked Cross-License”, or referred to as the PAX group for short. Google said the deal was aimed at achieving legal peace in the tech world.
Patents will be shared freely with any company that joins the group, and the group will also be open to any company in the world that wishes to participate. By joining PAX, Android smartphone makers can use free shared patents, thereby avoiding the fear of external patent litigation.
This agreement is seen as a big win for Google and Samsung. The Korean company is the biggest name, producing and selling more Android devices than any other name in the alliance list, so this deal helps Samsung avoid trouble from patent lawsuits.
For Google, this agreement has made Android ecosystems more popular. In the past, small companies did not boldly manufacture Android devices for the same reason.
However, the scope of PAX activities is limited to the software and Android operating system. In addition, this is not the first such agreement. In the past, Google has launched the LOT Network, which aims to prevent companies from acquiring patents only to sue other companies.