After the recent patent licensing agreement with General Dynamics Itronix few days ago , Microsoft have signed a similar deal with Android device maker Velocity Micro. Velocity Micro makes Android-based Cruzâ„¢ tablet devices which will now be protected from Microsoftâ€™s patents.
Here is the press release from Microsoft,
REDMOND, Wash. â€” June 29, 2011 â€” Microsoft Corp. and Velocity Micro, Inc., have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoftâ€™s patent portfolio for Velocity Micro Inc. Android-based devices, including Velocity Micro, Inc.â€™s Cruzâ„¢ Tablet. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Velocity Micro, Inc., under the agreement.
â€œWe are pleased to have reached this agreement with Velocity Micro, Inc., to address and secure IP rights for its Android-based Cruzâ„¢ tablet devices,â€ said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.
Randy Copeland, CEO of Velocity Micro, Inc., said, â€œBy entering into this agreement with Microsoft, Velocity Micro, Inc., will be able to better meet the needs of our customers with the introduction of exciting new Cruzâ„¢ tablets having increased performance and functionality.â€