Today, Microsoft has announced that it has entered into an intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement with HTC. The agreement will allow HTC to license Microsoft's patented technology for use in its mobile devices running the Android mobile platform, which includes a couple of HTC's current Android smartphones. While specific terms of the agreement - including financial details - remain confidential, the public announcement states that HTC will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum for these IP rights. The licensing agreement with HTC underscores the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem.
"HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today's agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. "We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC."
Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 600 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoft's significant research and development investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.
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