Sense and sensibility as collaboration wins over censure

In an increasingly litigious age, it is refreshing to hear that technology and communication giants Samsung and Cisco have chosen to engage in a 10 year patent cross-licence agreement. During this period they will promise not to sue each other.  Current and future patent portfolios will be shared between the two, opening the doors for greater innovation and future groundbreaking products, without the red tape and costly licence contracts. The agreement marks the third deal in recent weeks for the Korean company which has announced deals with Google and Ericsson to settle litigation and prevent . The join up will boost Samsung’s efforts with apps in the Connected Home, whilst Cisco’s network specialisation and dealings in the “Internet of Things” makes it a good marriage more than just on paper, although details are sketchy.

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