Microsoft and Compal sign patent pact covering Android and Chrome based devices

Microsoft announced its patent agreement with Compal Electronics. The
agreement 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. Microsoft will receive royalties from Compal
under the agreement.  

“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. 

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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