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Compal Taps Microsoft for Patent Protection

Mon, 10/24/2011 - 8:13am
Andrew Berg

Compal today announced that it has signed a patent agreement with Microsoft that provides coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Compal's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform. 

Exact details of the agreement between the two companies were not provided.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing (ODM) industry.  Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today's agreement with Compal means more than half of the world's ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft's patent portfolio," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, in a statement.

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 Microsoft's R&D investments and its patent and IP portfolio.

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