Google creates PAX, a royalty-free patent licensing initiative for Android partners

Shawn Knight

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Google has introduced a patent licensing initiative called the Android Networked Cross-License Agreement that it hopes will foster peace in the often litigious world of technology-based intellectual property.

The initiative, dubbed PAX for short (the word pax is Latin for “peace”), is free and open for anyone to join. Jamie Rosenberg, VP of Business & Operations at Android and Google Play, said in announcing PAX that members will grant each other royalty-free patent licenses covering “Android and Google Applications” on qualified devices.

The idea, Rosenberg said, is to ensure that innovation and consumer choice – not patent threats – will continue to be key drivers of the Android ecosystem. Specifically, it’ll free up time and money for members (fighting off patent trolls is expensive and time-consuming, after all) who can then dedicate said resources to creating new ideas and products.

A number of major Android players including Samsung, LG, Foxconn, HTC, HMD Global and of course, Google, have already signed up. Collectively, Rosenberg said members own more than 230,000 patents – a figure that’ll only grow as more companies join on.

Other high-profile patent initiatives that Google has helped create include the License on Transfer (LOT) Network and the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge.

Those interested in joining are encouraged to visit the PAX website for more information.

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Reehahs

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This is fantastic news. It will help small timers fight against patent trolls since they can show which patents they are already using from their PAX membership.