Patent agreement with LG expands upon a pre-existing agreement
Microsoft and LG Electronics have signed a patent agreement that will provide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for LG’s tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform.
The agreement with LG is an expansion of a pre-existing agreement and an 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, it has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements.
In addition, Microsoft continues to develop programmes that allow customers, partners and competitors access to its IP portfolio. The programme 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 together with Microsoft’s 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70% of all Android smartphones sold in the US are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
"We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS," said Gutierrez.