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Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Bilal Sulehri

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Microsoft Ink IP Deals With Hardware Makers






It seems change is in the wind as battles for cellular patents is at an all time high, companies like Apple and Samsung are focusing more on increasing their portfolio of patents and entering in agreements with other companies to secure their long term future in the cut-throat smartphone market.

Microsoft has signed a couple of new deals with hardware manufacturers to protect itself against being sued by Google for using Android and Chrome OS. The deals were signed with Acer and ViewSonic.  Microsoft’s deal with Acer includes broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Acer’s tablets and smartphones running the Android platform.

Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft said:

We are pleased that Acer is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues.

He further added:

This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.

The deal signed with ViewSonic  provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for ViewSonic’s tablets and mobile phones running the Android or Chrome Platform.

Corporate VP, Horacio Gutierrez said:

We are pleased that ViewSonic is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues. This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.

Both the agreements re another example of the important role Intellectual Property (IP) play 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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(Editor - Gadgets & Reviews) is a Professional Accountant, Consultant, Teacher and Digital Media Specialist. He loves football and is crazy about gadgets and technology. He has been writing since 2004 and can be reached at Bilal@sulehri.com and followed on twitter @sulehri



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