Microsoft and Foxconn Parent Hon Hai Sign Patent Agreement For Android and
Agreement provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio to
manufacturer of more than 40 percent of the world's consumer electronics
REDMOND, Wash., April 16, 2013
REDMOND, Wash., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. and Hon Hai,
the parent company of Foxconn, signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement
that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for devices
running the Android and Chrome OS, including smartphones, tablets and
televisions. While the contents of the agreement are confidential, the parties
indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Hon Hai under the
agreement. Hon Hai joins a growing list of contract manufacturing and original
design manufacturing companies with Android and Chrome patent licenses.
"We are pleased that the list of companies benefitting from Microsoft's
Android licensing program now includes the world's largest contract
manufacturer, Hon Hai," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and
deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "By
licensing both brand name companies and their contract manufacturers, we have
successfully increased the overall effectiveness and global reach of the
"Hon Hai is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer that holds
more than 54,000 patents worldwide," said Samuel Fu, director of the
Intellectual Property Department at Hon Hai. "We recognize and respect the
importance of international efforts that seek to protect intellectual
property. The licensing agreement with Microsoft represents those efforts and
our continued support of international trade agreements that facilitate
implementation of effective patent protection."
Microsoft'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 technology ecosystem.
Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the
company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to
develop programs that open Microsoft's IP portfolio for customers, partners
and competitors. The program was developed to provide access to Microsoft's
significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.
Microsoft's specific patent licensing program for Android device makers has
resulted in signed license agreements with numerous companies including
Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble.
More information about Microsoft's licensing programs is available at
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
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