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Microsoft signs another patent agreement based on Android

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Oct 2011 14:25

Microsoft signs another patent agreement based on Android Microsoft and Quanta Computers have signed a patent agreement that will cover Android devices.
The agreement will give Quanta coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio and include the company's smartphones, tablets and "any device running the Android or Chrome Platform."

Just like with past agreements Microsoft has made, the company will receive somewhere in the $5-15 range per device sold.

Says Microsoft:

We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace.

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.

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