Microsoft Signs Patent Licensing Agreement With Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions

Microsoft today announced that they have signed a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions for usage of Android and Chrome OS products. Don’t get confused about this deal, Microsoft’s patent case was with Motorola Mobility and it is still going on in various countries around the world.

REDMOND, Wash., April 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. The license provides worldwide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Motorola Solutions’ devices running the Android™platform and Chrome OS™operating system.

“Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation.”

“Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents,” said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions. “We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

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, ZTE, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble.

  • Alan

    This is good news and shows that Microsoft have a good strategy in place when it comes to their IP, unlike Apple.

    • hushv

      Both have good strategies.

      Apple’s is to kill the competition – l won’t help you and don’t try to copy or I’ll sue you and cry to anyone who cares to listen.

      Microsoft’s goal is mutual benefit – use my stuff and pay me.

  • Rico Alexander

    They need to sign an agreement to get access to Motorola’s always listening voice command system. If Motorola has a patent on that tech.

    • Bugbog

      This agreement is with Motorola Solutions, separate and distinct from Motorola Mobility (which was purchased by Google). They are both offshoots of the original Motorola Inc before it was split in two (about 4 – 5 years ago?).

      Motorola Mobility is still holding out. (And will probably continue until its purchased by Lenovo, which may or may not be covered by its extant license with Microsoft).

      • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

        So now there are 2 Motorola’s that sell Android phones, I wonder how Lenovo will take it, personally I’d rather see a Motorola Windows Phone on the market. 😛