REDMOND, Wash. â€” Oct. 23, 2011 â€” Microsoft Corp. and Compal Electronics, Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoftâ€™s patent portfolio for Compalâ€™s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices 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 Compal under the agreement.
â€œWe are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, todayâ€™s agreement with Compal means more than half of the worldâ€™s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoftâ€™s patent portfolio,â€ said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. â€œWe are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.â€
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