About Microsoft's IP Licensing

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The Microsoft Intellectual Property Licensing group is responsible for licensing Microsoft patents and other forms of intellectual property (IP) such as research technology and know-how. If you believe your business could be enhanced by access to Microsoft IP, please contact us.


Visit this page to learn about Microsoft's IP Licensing policy and how it applies to academics, software developer kits, and Microsoft's existing standards commitments.


Microsoft has a variety of licensing programs including component technologies and file formats. Listed are the most popular programs.


To facilitate interoperability with its most popular products, Microsoft licenses the patents that cover technical specifications for the protocols used to communicate with those products, its most popular binary file formats, and key standards and languages that are implemented in certain Microsoft products.


Microsoft licenses additional communication protocols and other usage scenarios than what is provided in through the Open Specifications Licensing Program. This page describes several of these programs.


To learn more about the Patent Cooperation Agreement between Microsoft and Novell, as well as how the two companies are collaborating on Interoperability, please visit this site.


Microsoft has established a comprehensive review process to evaluate third party business proposals. The Opportunity Management Center (OMC) provides you a safe and effective way to engage Microsoft with your business proposal and ensures you receive timely feedback and relevant resources. This site is designed to help you efficiently submit a business proposal for consideration by Microsoft.