Microsoft Corp. and Acer Inc. have signed a patent licence agreement that includes broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Acer’s tablets and smartphones running Google’s Android platform.
“We are pleased that Acer is taking advantage of our industry-wide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.
“This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”
The patent agreement is an example of the important role 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 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programmes 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.