Saturday, October 22, 2011

Microsoft Signs Another Android Patent License Agreement

Microsoft announced a patent licensing agreement with Taiwan-based Compal covering the use of Microsoft patents in tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform. Microsoft will earn royalties on each such Compal device shipped.

"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.