Microsoft is continuing its mission to form intellectual property agreements. The company just announced a patent-licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions.
(Note: Motorola Solutions is a separate company from Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility is the mobile company Google is selling to Lenovo.)
“Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager and associate general counsel of IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.
The agreement covers devices that run the Android and Chrome operating systems.
“Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents,” said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing at Motorola Solutions. “We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence.”
Microsoft launched its intellectual property-licensing program in 2003. Since then, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements, and has signed Android/Chrome deals with more than 20 companies, including Acer, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung.
“Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation,” said Psyhogeos.
More information about Microsoft’s IP licensing program is available here.