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Microsoft Signs Compal to Android and Chrome Patent Deal

October 24, 2011 No Comments

Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned in it’s quest to protect its patented technology and at the same time, slowly chip away at Google’s image of the word free. Compal has signed up for Microsoft’s popular Android Patent deal. The deal also includes Chrome and seeks compensation for all Android and Chrome devices sold.

Compal is just the latest to sign up as HTC, Samsung, Quanta, Acer, Viewsonic and others have done the same. A report was even made before this huge deal that stated that Micosoft would be making close to half a billion dollars, just on the sale of Android and Chrome products.


Press Release:

Microsoft and Compal Electronics Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome Based Devices

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 23, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. and Compal Electronics, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.  Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Compal under the agreement.

“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.  “We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.”

Microsoft’s Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property

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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