Google strikes cross-licensing agreement with Cisco

Adds provisions that would prevent covered patents from being used against the company in the event they’re sold to NPEs

Intellectual property law is frequently an area for technology super-powers to trade blows, but recently Google has taken a different tack with its patents, using them as an opportunity to cooperate with other major players. After striking a deal cross-licensing deal with Samsung in January and taking measures to insert patent provisions in its sale of Motorola last week, the tech giant is revealing a new deal with Cisco this week.

The pact will cover the patent portfolios of both companies, preventing either side from using them as the basis for a suit.  While neither company is likely to sell patents to non-practicing entities, verbiage in the agreement protects both sides from suit in that case as well.

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Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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