Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Motorola sign patent agreement

Posted Apr 21, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Motorola Solutions have announced a patent licensing agreement for the two companies to share technology. Motorola Solutions will receive worldwide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for devices that use the Android and Chrome OS.

Motorola Solutions is a separate company from Motorola Mobility, which is a mobile device company that Google acquired and sold to Lenovo. Motorola Solutions offers communication solutions and services for enterprises and government customers.

“Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs,” stated Microsoft?s general manager of IP licensing. “Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation.”

Microsoft has similar deals in place with companies like Acer, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Dell, Foxconn, HTC, LG, Nikon, ViewSonic, Samsung, Onkyo, ZTE, etc. Microsoft did not reveal which patents Android and Chrome OS infringe upon.

[Source: Microsoft/TNW]