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Ericsson announced on Monday that it will end all litigation with Samsung following a worldwide patent licensing deal. Samsung will reportedly pay the Swedish networking equipment maker $650 million as part of an agreement that covers “GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.” The deal, under which each company receives access to the others’ patent portfolio, puts an end to legal proceedings that began in 2012 and were taking place in Texas federal court, the U.S. International Trade Commission and elsewhere. It is the second major patent agreement Samsung announced in the last 24 hours; on Sunday, the Korean company said it entered a global ten-year patent deal with Google.

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Gigaom readers are likely familiar with America’s troubled patent system and with Intellectual Ventures, the company that has done more than any other to exploit that troubled system. IV does most of its mischief while hiding behind its 2000 or so shell companies but, this week, the troll king will be suing in its own name. As Reuters reports, IV and Google’s Motorola Mobility are set to begin a trial in Delaware federal court this week involving patents that IV purchased long ago from some now forgotten company. The case will have little effect on Motorola Mobility’s day-to-day business, but it could provide momentum to one side or the other as Congress debates the Innovation Act, a law intended to curb patent trolling.

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