Microsoft dan LG menandatangani perjanjian paten Android
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Microsoft dan LG menandatangani perjanjian paten Android

LG LogoMicrosoft dan LG telah menandatangani kesepakatan paten yang mencakup tablet, handohone, serta semua device buatan LG yang berbasiskan OS Android seperti Chrome OS.

Dalam press release-nya, Microsoft tidak menyebutkan nilai / uang yang harus dibayarkan LG kepada Microsoft.

Tetapi mengingat Microsoft sebelumnya telah membuat persetujuan dengan produsen lain seperti HTC (US$5 / device) ataupun Samsung (US$15 / device) maka kemungkinan nilainya akan berkisar antara US$ 5 – 15 /device.

Kesepakatan terakhir dengan LG ini membuat Microsoft mendapatkan pemasukan dari 70% produsen device Android (11 perusahaan)  seperti LG, Acer, General Dynamics Itronix, HTC, Onkyo, Velocity Micro, ViewSonic dan Wistron.

Sementara produsen Android lain seperti Motorola Mobility yang dibeli Google dan Barnes & Noble sampai saat ini memilih untuk menempuh jalur hukum ketimbang harus membayar royalti paten ke Microsoft.   Sumber: Microsoft

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REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 12, 2012— Microsoft Corp. and LG Electronics have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for LG’s tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform. The contents of the agreement have not been disclosed.

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”

Microsoft’s Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property

The agreement with LG expands upon a pre-existing agreement, and it is another example of the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 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 R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

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