Legal Technology News
July 9, 2012
Microsoft Signs Patent Agreements with Aluratek Inc. and Coby Electronics Covering Android and Chrome Based Devices
Microsoft Corp. has signed separate patent licensing agreements with Aluratek Inc. and Coby Electronics.
The agreements seek to provide broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Aluratek’s eReaders and tablets and Coby’s products running the Android or Chrome Platform. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will separately receive royalties from Aluratek and Coby under the two agreements.
“We are pleased to have reached th(ese) agreement with (Coby and Aluratek)”, said Horacio Gutierrez, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Intellectual Property Group, at Microsoft. “This agreement confirms once again that the best way to resolve IP issues such as those surrounding Android and Chrome is through a reasonable licensing arrangement.”
According to Microsoft, the patent agreements are another example “of the important role intellectual property 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 1,100 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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