Google, SAP continue love-in with a patent-share agreement

Deal covers a ‘broad range’ of technologies ... but that’s all we know


Global ad-flinger Google and German ERP behemoth SAP have hopped in bed together to form a "long-term patent cross licensing agreement".

The agreement apparently covers a "broad range" of products and technologies – but the companies have declined to say what that will involve exactly.

The deal will cover the companies' existing patents and those filed over the next five years.

This follows the love-in announced between the companies earlier this year. In a May keynote SAP chief exec Bill McDermott said the businesses would work together on new projects focused on business analytics and enterprise applications.

He said this would involve collaboration on Google Apps and SAP's Lumira analytics platform.

Tony DiBartolomeo, Chief IP Counsel, SAP, said the news was an "important agreement".

He added: "Patent cross-license agreements like this one increase freedom to operate and prevent distractions from unnecessary patent litigation. And, like Google, SAP welcomes similar discussions with like-minded companies." ®

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