Microsoft has announced that it has signed intellectual property (IP) deals with two more OEMs Android device vendors: Aluratek and Coby Electronics. The deal with Aluratek provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Aluratek’s eReaders and tablets running the Android or Chrome Platform while the deal with Coby Electronics provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Coby’s products running the Android or Chrome Platform. In both the deals, the content of the agreement have not been disclosed, but the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Aluratek and Coby Electronics under the agreement.
Microsoft’s statement on the two deals (via The Next Web):
The licensing agreements with Aluratek and Coby Electronics demonstrate yet again that licensing is the path forward to resolving intellectual property disputes within the industry, and can be effective for companies of all sizes. Aluratek and Coby Electronics are the latest two companies to recognize the value of Microsoft IP in Android and Chrome, joining the majority of Android vendors in taking a license for this IP.