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Google wants companies to cross-license patents

Loek Essers | March 14, 2013
Google offers four options for patent cross-licensing between companies.

Google is conducting a survey to determine which of the approaches is of greatest interest to operating companies. Interested companies have until April 19 to let Google know if they are interested, and once the survey is complete, Google plans to reach out to those companies to discuss potential next steps.

"This straw poll seems to seek ideas aimed at reducing patent litigation. The motivations are noble; reducing litigation should be a global goal, since top technology companies are now spending more on patent acquisition and litigation than they are spending on research & development (R&D)," said James Waterworth, vice president, Europe for the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), an organization that represents a wide range of companies in the computer, Internet, information technology and telecommunications industries, in an email on Wednesday. The CCIA advises members and policy makers on issues including intellectual property, international trade and Internet regulation.

"Reducing patent assertions and improving companies' freedom to bring innovative products to market is a useful goal; whether this particular effort achieves that remains to be seen," Waterworth added.

 

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