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Google announced a long-term patent cross-licensing deal with Cisco Systems today, and the agreement covers a broad range of IP offered by both companies. The new partnership follows a similar agreement between the search giant and Samsung, which allows Google and Samsung to cross-license one another's patents through 2024.

"Our agreement with Cisco will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products," said Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents Allen Lo. "We're pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement.

Following several years of regular patent disputes and ongoing litigation between some of the world's biggest technology companies, Google appears to be building up its defenses though a series of patent agreements. The deal is also a clear move against patent trolls, smaller companies which buy up patents for the sole purpose of suing larger corporations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.