When it comes to licenses, there are some random companies that can be thrown in there, seemingly out of nowhere. If you haven’t been keeping track of Microsoft’s presence in the Android licensing game, then this may come as a bit of a shock. But if you have been, then you shouldn’t be so surprised that another company has gone the way of making a deal with the Redmond-based company rather than going any other route.
Microsoft has officially announced that this new deal with the original design manufacturer Compal has agreed to a new deal that covers eReaders, phones, tablets, and any other products made by Compal that run Android or Chrome. As in previous cases this means that Compal will be paying a royalty to Microsoft for each one of these products that find their way to the market, but the exact amount wasn’t disclosed. Interestingly enough, Microsoft also noted that as of now, there are already over half of Android manufacturers out there have inked a licensing deal with them. Check out the full press release below.
Microsoft and Compal Electronics Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome Based Devices
Agreement provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 23, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. and Compal Electronics, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Compal under the agreement.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.”
Microsoft’s Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property
The patent agreement is another example of the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.
More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing/.
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