Samsung has announced a patent deal with Cisco, the third such agreement it has inked in the last ten days following similar deals with Google and Ericsson. The arrangement covers existing patents and those filed over the next ten years.

No financial details are provided, but wording of the company statements are noteworthy and stress the desire for agreements rather than legal charges. “Innovation is stifled all too often in today’s overly-litigious environment,” said a statement from Cisco Vice President of Intellectual Property Dan Lang.

Samsung knows the price of litigation all too well, following its landmark US legal defeat to Apple in 2012. The latest follow-up to that trial starts next month, so it’s interesting to see a number of Samsung patent deals being announced right now.

➤ Cisco and Samsung Enter Into Patent Cross-License Agreement

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