Microsoft and Dell sign patent licensing agreement

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 27 March 2014
Microsoft and Dell sign patent licensing agreement

Microsoft and Dell have signed a patent licensing agreement, enabling the companies to share intellectual property and technology to build on each other’s innovations.

As part of the agreement, Microsoft and Dell have agreed to license each company’s applicable intellectual property related to Android and Chrome operating system devices, as well as Xbox gaming consoles. The terms of the agreement cover royalties for Dell’s products running the Android or Chrome platforms and a consideration to Dell for a license for Xbox gaming consoles.

“Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Microsoft’s Innovation and Intellectual Property Group. “We have been partnering with technology manufacturers and vendors for many years to craft licensing deals, instead of litigation strategies.”

Neil Hand, vice president of end user computing products at Dell, added: “The relationship between Dell and Microsoft continues to help Dell deliver choice and flexibility to customers looking for the best technology to meet their needs.”

Microsoft and Dell have worked in collaboration for nearly 30 years.

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