Provides open access to Microsoft’s R&D investments, broad patent and IP portfolio
Microsoft and manufacturer of notebook PCs and LCD products Compal Electronics have signed a patent agreement.
Under the agreement Microsoft provides broad coverage under its portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.
The program was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.
Microsoft Intellectual Property Group corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said Microsoft is pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal.
"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.We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome," said Gutierrez.