Microsoft announced that Quanta Computer Inc. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Quanta's tablets, smartphones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform.
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.
Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Quanta, the original design manufacturer (ODM) behind the Playbook and Kindle Fire, under the agreement.
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Quanta is a company that designs and sometimes builds PCs and phones for other companies. According to gdgt, RIM originally outsourced much of the hardware design and production of the PlayBook to Quanta. Quanta also did some of the development work on the Kindle Fire, gdgt said.
While Amazon signed a patent licensing deal a year ago with Microsoft, it was for Linux-based devices and not specifically Android. There's been speculation as to when/whether Microsoft might convince Amazon to license patents that the Softies claim are infringed by Android.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson:
Quanta is one of two major ODMs for which we've entered an Android Patent Agreement. Because we offer patent licenses to OEMs and ODMs, we put in place provisions that make sure we are not paid twice for the same device. Having said that, for the Android agreements we offer ODM's, we seek agreements that provide coverage for as broad a set of the ODM's offerings as possible.
We cannot specify particular terms for any of the ODM agreements.