Licence sharing for increased legal security

To contribute towards a more balanced patent system within our interconnected world, Google is launching shared licences for Android. 

In the world of intellectual property, peace around patents often equates to healthier innovation and competition. An issue businesses are aware of on a daily basis. One of the solutions towards increased legal security consists in sharing licences. 

Google has just set the example by launching a new initiative, called PAX (Android Networked Cross-License Agreement), in the field of patent licences. Indeed, the firm has already suffered from a number of proceedings including a legal battle against Oracle on the grounds of violation of rights pertaining to Java technology. 

PAX signatories agree to grant free licences covering Android and Google applications on qualified products. This sharing system should guarantee that the motors of the Android ecosystem remain innovation and consumer choice rather than a war over patents. 

Android is already distributed in open source, which offers all users free access. A development that now involves over 400 partner manufacturers and 500 operators, who produced over 4,000 devices in 2016 for a total of 1.6 billion active users. 

Google hopes that PAX will open the system even further to users, who will be able to afford greater means to implementing new ideas rather than to legal conflicts over intellectual property. 

Today's PAX members include Google, Samsung, LG, Foxconn, HMD Global, HTC, Coolpad, BQ and Allview. Members who collectively represent over 230,000 patents. The group should enjoy rapid growth.