Google signs patent licensing agreement with Tencent

Isaac Cain
January 21, 2018

Chinese tech giant Tencent announced yesterday it has signed a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement with Google, covering a broad range of products and technologies. The California-based internet giant has similar partnerships with Samsung, LG and Cisco Systems, but this is the first with a large Chinese tech firm. The companies did not disclose the scope and financial terms of the deal.

Head of patents at Google, Mike Lee, explained the rationale behind the agreement, saying, "By working together on agreements such as this, tech companies can focus on building better products and services for their users".

The deal also sees Google and Tencent promising to collaborate on future technology developments. News has it that Google and China's Tencent Holdings Ltd. are forming an alliance.

Google withdrew most its services including its search engine from China back in 2010 due to censorship.

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The agreement with Tencent clarifies Google's decision to aggressively move into China by opening more offices and increasing its workforce, despite the Chinese government's push to keep many of Google's services out of the hands of citizens.

Tencent, which is valued at more than $500 billion, per one report, operates WeChat, a messaging platform, and QQ, China's leading social media and gaming network. In a bid to continue this development, the firm has recently made a string of high-profile investments, including the acquisition of a 10 percent stake in Snapchat previous year.

But Google has previously said that agreements such as these reduce the potential of litigation over patent infringement.

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