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October 13, 2011

Microsoft, Quanta sign patent deal covering Android, Chrome-based devices

Microsoft to receive royalties from Quanta under the agreement

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft and Quanta Computer have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Quanta’s tablets, smartphones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.

The parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Quanta under the agreement, details of which have not been disclosed.

Microsoft Intellectual Property Group corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said they are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of their Android licensing programme in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace.

The patent agreement is another example of the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem, Microsoft said in statement.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing programme in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programmes that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio.

The programme was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio, said the company.

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