General Dynamics Itronix, who manufactures rugged computers, laptops and handhelds, etc. have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft that provides broad coverage under Microsoftâ€™s patent portfolio for General Dynamics Itronix devices running the Android platform. Microsoft have previously signed similar deals with OEMâ€™s such as HTC. There is still no word on licensing fees yet, But I predict it would be around $5-10 per device as HTC rumoured to be paying Microsoft.
Full press release after the break.
REDMOND, Wash., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. and General Dynamics Itronix have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoftâ€™s patent portfolio for General Dynamics Itronix devices running the Android platform. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from General Dynamics Itronix under the agreement.
â€œWe are pleased to have reached this agreement with General Dynamics Itronix, which is an example of how industry leaders address intellectual property,â€ said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.
Mark Johnston, director of Strategic Computing Solutions for General Dynamics Itronix, said, â€œThe completion of this agreement enables Itronix to meet the evolving demands of our customers with more diverse applications and increased functionality in products that incorporate the Android platform.â€
Microsoftâ€™s Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property
The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoftâ€™s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.
More information about Microsoftâ€™s licensing programs is available at www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
SOURCE Microsoft Corp.