Not to be confused with the popular and well-known Penny Arcade Expo aka PAX but Google has today announced PAX, which stands for “Android Networked Cross-License Agreement”, so yeah that makes perfect sense somehow. Basically, this new licensing program will allow members — which include some of Google’s many Android partners — to stop threatening each other over software patents. Phew!
Google says that some of the biggest names in Android-related products have already signed on, and by the quote below I’d say I agree.
PAX members currently include Google, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Foxconn Technology Group, HMD Global, HTC, Coolpad, BQ, and Allview. The members collectively own more than 230,000 patents worldwide. As more companies join, PAX will bring even more patent peace and value to its members through more freedom to innovate.
Beyond this details are far and few between at the moment, but Google says that joining is open and free to anyone. You can send a license request over at the PAX website. NVIDIA? Xiaomi? Razer?