Microsoft signs Android patent deal with Compal Electronics

Compal Electronics will be the 10th company that has signed a patent deal with Microsoft. Microsoft announced the news via press release, then took to its TechNet blog to brag about all the money they were going to be making from Android’s success.

Here is what Microsoft had to say about the deal with Compal:

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to 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 licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.”

The new agreement is Microsoft’s tenth Android patent deal, and its ninth in just the last four months. So far, Microsoft has signed Android patent deals with the following companies:

  • Samsung
  • HTC
  • Acer
  • ViewSonic
  • Onkyo
  • General Dynamics/Itronics
  • Velocity Micro
  • Wistron
  • Quanta Computer
  • Compal

More importantly, with this new patent-agreement with Compal, companies accounting for more than 50% of Android devices available today have signed some sort of patent deal with Microsoft in regards to using Android on their devices.

Source: Microsoft, Technet