Microsoft signs Android patent deal

12 Dec 12

Microsoft has signed a patent licensing agreement which provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for EINS devices running the Android platform.

EINS manufactures Android tablets under the Cat brand in Germany, and while the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from EINS SE.

“This agreement with EINS is an important development that reinforces the success of our licensing program in the European market, particularly in Germany,” says Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.

“In the past year, Microsoft has been able to demonstrate the strength of our German patent portfolio and its relevance to Android devices.

"We’re hopeful this license with EINS leads to additional licenses with European companies.”

Christian Pladwig, CEO of EINS, echoed Microsoft's sentiments, saying:

“We are thrilled to be able to bring high quality Android products to our customers as a result of this agreement with Microsoft.

"We now have a strong IP foundation that allows us to improve on our product line across Europe.”

Microsoft said the deal showed their commitment to licensing intellectual property.

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

"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."

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