In an effort to reduce legal battles over patents surrounding the massive Android ecosystem – which includes Google’s contributions, as well as third-party accouterments manufacturers – Google has appear PAX – short for “Android Networked Cross-License Agreement.”

It’s a association authorization that “covers Android and Google Applications preinstalled on accessories that meet Android’s affinity requirements.” That means that member organizations will grant licenses to one addition after charging them any royalties. Given that over 4,000 Android accessories were launched last year, it seems like this is a all-important step in the right direction.

The affairs is free for any aggregation to join, and includes nine associates at launch, which hold a total of 230,000 patents worldwide: Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, Foxconn, Coolpad, BQ, HMD Global, and Allview.

Hopefully, that will see firms alive on Android fight a little less often in court over who gets paid for the use of assorted technologies on the platform. Most famously, Oracle took Google to court last year over claims that the search giant used Java APIs to build Android, and lost the case.

You can learn more about PAX at its new site.

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