Microsoft and Hon Hai , Foxconn’s parent company signed a patent license agreement worldwide . With it, Microsoft will have access to a large number of patents, owned by Hon Hai, aimed at Android and Chrome OS devices.
Foxconn leads the market for device manufacturers custom,most notably Amazon’s Kindle and the iPad and iPhone from Apple . Microsoft also belongs to its list of major clients since it was the Chinese company responsible for making your Xbox 360 , and other devices.
Now, the relationship between the two brands has gone a step further. In a statement, Microsoft has announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with the patent that is responsible for “a broad patent portfolio coverage for devices running Android and Chrome OS, including smartphones, ‘tablets’ and televisions” .
Details of the agreement are confidential, however, both parties agree that Microsoft will not be the only beneficiary are unknown despite the ‘royalties’ to get Foxconn to change.
“We are pleased that the list of companies benefiting from the program of licensing Microsoft’s Android now includes largest contract manufacturer in the world, Hon Hai, “said corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property Group Microsoft, Horacio Gutierrez . “By licensing brand both companies and contract manufacturers, we managed to increase the effectiveness and global reach of the program.”
For his part, the director of the Intellectual Property Department of Hon Hai, Samuel Fu, stressed the long history of his company,noting the more than 54,000 patents with which account .He has also stated that respected international efforts being made to protect intellectual property.
“The license agreement with Microsoft represents the efforts and continued support of our international trade agreements that facilitate the implementation of effective patent protection , “said Samuel was.
This agreement is part of the specific licensing program Microsoft carried out since last December 2003 in which more than 1,100 have signed agreements. According to the company, “forAndroid device manufacturers has resulted in signed licensing agreements with numerous companies such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble . “