Microsoft, Acer in patent license agreement

Sep 08, 2011
People walk past a logo of Acer in Shichih, Taipei. Microsoft said Thursday it has reached a patent license agreement with Acer, Taiwan's leading computer maker, that will cover tablet computers and smartphones powered by Google's Android platform.

Microsoft said Thursday it has reached a patent license agreement with Acer, Taiwan's leading computer maker, that will cover tablet computers and smartphones powered by Google's Android platform.

"We are pleased that Acer is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android's IP issues," Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said in a statement.

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

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Patent lawsuits are a regular occurrence among technology giants and accused Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and other companies last month of using "bogus patents" to wage a legal campaign against its Android operating system.

Google purchased US smartphone maker Motorola Mobility last month for $12.5 billion, in part to build up its to defend Android against lawsuits from rivals.

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