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November 5, 2014

Google and LG sign patent licensing deal

Google_LGGoogle and LG have signed a cross-licensing patent deal. The agreement, announced on Tuesday, covers “a broad range of products and technologies” built on the two companies’ existing patents as well as those they file over the next 10 years, they said. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re pleased to enter into this agreement with a leading global technology like LG,”

said Allen Lo, Google’s deputy general counsel, in a statement.

The deal allows each company easier access to technology from the other. Google’s Android OS is in a number of LG smartphones and the company owns patents covering smartphones, consumer electronics and other portable gadgets.

But perhaps more importantly, the Google-LG patent arrangement may support new technology for connected devices for the home.

LG has already partnered with other companies like Google and Nest to develop Internet-connected home appliances. LG also offers its line of Smart ThinQ appliances that can be monitored and controlled from afar using a mobile app.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini