Microsoft Signs Up Aluratek Inc. & Coby Electronics For Android Patent Agreement

Microsoft today announced a couple of patent licensing agreements with two Android manufactures Aluratek Inc. & Coby Electronics. As usual, there were no specifics on the deal but both these companies will pay royalties for Microsoft for using Android OS.

Aluratek, Inc.:

Microsoft Corp. and Aluratek, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Aluratek’s eReaders and tablets running the Android or Chrome Platform.  Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Aluratek under the agreement.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Aluratek,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.  “We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.”

Coby Electronics:

Microsoft Corp. and Coby Electronics Corporation have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Coby’s products running the Android or Chrome Platform.  Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Coby under the agreement.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Coby”, said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.  “This agreement confirms once again that the best way to resolve IP issues such as those surrounding Android and Chrome is through a reasonable licensing arrangement.”

“As an innovator in the consumer electronics industry, Coby likewise respects the intellectual property rights of other innovators like Microsoft,” said Vincent Castiglione, General Counsel of Coby Electronics Corporation.  “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Microsoft.”

While Apple is fighting their IP violations in court, Microsoft is striking patent licensing deals every other day!

Source: Microsoft

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