Microsoft lines up behind Android (for royalty payments)
Nice mobile platform you have there. Shame if anything happened to it…
Amid the tangle of lawsuits and patent claims involving mobile technology, it is becoming clear that Microsoft is seriously focused on gathering royalty payments from Android, as a result of past IP rulings in its favour.
A patent agreement just signed with Compal Electronics – the Taiwan based manufacturer of notebook PCs and LCD products – is now the tenth such licensing deal that Redmond has sealed. It provides, says Microsoft, “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”.
The amount of royalties that will be paid is undisclosed. Previous Android-related agreements have been signed with the likes of Samsung Electronics, Quanta Computer, Acer, and Wistron.
“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.”
You can read Microsoft’s announcement on the Compal agreement.
Read these articles for more comment on the development:
RedmondMag.com – Microsoft: Most Hardware Design Partners Inking Android IP Deals