At Microsoft, we view intellectual property (IP) as the currency of innovation. Since Microsoft launched its IP Licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio. IP Licensing agreements help speed innovation to the marketplace, allowing companies to focus on product differentiation and tailoring new product offerings to current consumer needs.

Microsoft’s significant investment in R&D has resulted in the development of a robust and high-quality patent portfolio — one consistently rated at the top of the industry by authoritative sources such as IEEE and The Patent Board.

Highlights

In-vehicle infotainment gets boost from new Microsoft exFAT file system deals
June 19
Microsoft’s commitment to intellectual property licensing continues through its latest agreements with Audiovox, Continental, Harman and LG Automotive.
World IP Day: See the Video
April 26
Microsoft inventors share what it was like to get their first patent award.
Microsoft Puts Patents on the Web for Transparency
March 28
Purpose is to yield tangible outcomes that enhance American competitiveness, create jobs and foster growth of the economy.
Microsoft and Hoeft & Wessel AG Sign Patent Agreement
Dec, 11
Agreement will cover Hoeft & Wessel devices running the Android platform.
Microsoft and EINS Sign Android Patent Agreement
Dec. 11
Agreement covers EINS Cat tablets running the Android platform.
Microsoft Enters Licensing Agreement With Sharp
Aug. 7
Microsoft licenses exFAT file technology to Sharp for use in products including Android phones.
Microsoft and LG Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android and Chrome OS Based Devices
Jan. 12
Agreement provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
Microsoft and Amdocs Software Systems Limited Sign Patent Agreement
July 24
Agreement covers Amdocs’ use of Linux-based servers in its data centers.
Microsoft and Aluratek Inc. Sign Patent Agreement
July 9
Agreement covers Android and Chrome-based devices, provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
Microsoft and Coby Electronics Sign Patent Agreement
July 9
Agreement covers Android and Chrome-based devices, provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
Microsoft and Pegatron Corp. Sign Patent Agreement
April 25
The contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Pegatron under the agreement.
Microsoft, Facebook Announce Patent Agreement
April 23
Companies strike deal to split patents secured by Microsoft from AOL Inc.
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