Google signage seen at the company's offices in New York
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The Google signage is seen at the company's offices in New York January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
updated 2/4/2014 8:15:14 AM ET 2014-02-04T13:15:14

(Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc and Google Inc said they had entered into a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering a broad range of products and technologies.

The cross-licensing agreement is an effective way to help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits, the companies said in a statement.

"We're pleased to enter into this cross-license, and we welcome discussions with any company interested in a similar arrangement," said Allen Lo, Google's deputy general counsel for patents.

Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

(Reporting by Sruthi Ramakrishnan in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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