Google aims for patent peace with PAX

Google has launched a new patent licensing initiative called PAX, which it hopes will result in “patent peace”.

Under PAX, members grant each other royalty-free patent licences covering Android and Google applications on qualified devices.

“This community-driven clearinghouse, developed with our Android partners, ensures that innovation and consumer choice – not patent threats – will continue to be key drivers of our Android ecosystem,” said Google.

PAX members include Google, Samsung, LG, Foxconn Technology, HMD Global, HTC, Coolpad, BQ, and Allview.

These members collectively own more than 230,000 patents.

“As more companies join, PAX will bring even more patent peace and value to its members through more freedom to innovate,” said Google.

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