Microsoft signs patent deal with LG, now milking 70% of all US Android smartphones
posted by Victor H.
Jan 12, 2012, 9:01 AM
Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent deal with LG over Android phones, tablets and other devices, but also for Chrome OS. With LG, now 70% of all Android smartphones in the US include the Microsoft fee. Microsoft is also suing Motorola Mobility and Barnes & Noble over Android intellectual property.
“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate VP of Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft said. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”
The actual terms of the agreement however weren’t revealed.
It was previously speculated that thanks to patents Microsoft might be making more money from Android devices than from its own Windows Phone platform, but it’s hard to judge as there are no hard figures. Speculations pointed out that Microsoft is getting $5 for every HTC device with Android, for example.
Microsoft and LG Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome OS Based Devices
REDMOND, Wash. - Jan. 12, 2012- Microsoft Corp. and LG Electronics have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for LG's tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform. The contents of the agreement have not been disclosed.
"We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under 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 program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS."
Microsoft's Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property
The agreement with LG expands upon a pre-existing agreement, and it 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 1,100 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.
More information about Microsoft's licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing/?typ=64.
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