Microsoft and Compal Electronics announced of having signed a Android patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Compal's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.
Today's agreement with Compal, is one of the world's largest Original Design Manufacturers, or ODM. Compal is based in Taiwan, where it produces smartphones and tablet computers for third parties and has revenue of roughly $28 billion per year.
With today's announcement Microsoft has signed its "tenth Android license agreement." You can see this licensing progress in the chart below, showing recent lawsuits and licenses.
"At Microsoft we're building on our extensive experience with patent licensing. Over the past decade we've spent roughly $4.5 billion to license in patents from other companies. These've given us the opportunity to build on the innovations of others in a responsible manner that respects their IP rights. Equally important, we've stood by our customers and partners with countless agreements that contain the strongest patent indemnification provisions in our industry. These ensure that if our software infringes someone else's patents, we'll address the problem rather than leave it to others. And as reported in this morning's Seattle Times, we've now entered into 1,133 agreements over the last decade to license our patents to other companies that share our desire to respect IP rights," writes Brad Smith, Microsoft EVP and General Counsel.
Smith notes, "Our recent Android licensing progress is illustrated in the two graphs below. The first shows the license agreements now in place with Original Design Manufacturers, or ODMs, such as Compal."
Adding, he said "The licensing progress with ODMs has been matched by similar momentum with Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs, who produce Android devices under their own brands. Following our agreement earlier this month with Samsung, Microsoft now has license agreements in place with OEMs that account for 53 percent of all Android smartphones in the United States."