Acer and ViewSonic Join Microsoft's Android Royality Club

Microsoft in two seperate press release dated September 8, announced that, "Acer and ViewSonic have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft."Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from ViewSonic and Acer under the agreement.The Microsoft patent agreement with Acer includes patent coverage for Acer […]

Microsoft in two seperate press release dated September 8, announced that, "Acer and ViewSonic have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft."

Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from ViewSonic and Acer under the agreement.

The Microsoft patent agreement with Acer includes patent coverage for Acer tablets and smartphones running Android. Microsoft officials declined to say if Acer paid Microsoft royalties as part of the agreement.

And, the agreement with ViewSonic covers ViewSonic tablets and mobile phones running Android and Chrome OS. In ViewSonic's case, Microsoft will be receiving undisclosed royalties from ViewSonic as part of the arrangement.

"We are pleased that Acer and ViewSonic is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android's IP issues," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.

"This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property."