Microsoft Signs Android Patent License Agreement with Motorola Solutions
Published on: 22nd Apr 2014
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Motorola Solutions has become the latest company to sign an Android patent license agreement with Microsoft.
The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions' devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.
The agreement does not include Motorola Mobility, the handset division recently sold by Google to Lenovo. Microsoft is currently suing the Mobility company for patent infringements.
Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements. Microsoft's specific patent licensing program for Android device-makers has resulted in signed license agreements with numerous companies, including Samsung, ZTE, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble.
It was said in the early days that Microsoft was earning more money from licensing Android patents than it was from its own Windows Phone OS, although the current situation is unknown.
Neither company commented on the financial terms of the latest settlement.