by Anton Shilov
04/16/2013 | 11:55 PM
Microsoft Corp. and Hon Hai, the parent company of Foxconn, the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for devices running the Android and Chrome OS, including smartphones, tablets and televisions.
“Hon Hai is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer that holds more than 54 000 patents worldwide. We recognize and respect the importance of international efforts that seek to protect intellectual property. The licensing agreement with Microsoft represents those efforts and our continued support of international trade agreements that facilitate implementation of effective patent protection,” said Samuel Fu, director of the intellectual property department at Hon Hai.
Agreement provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio to manufacturer of more than 40% of the world’s consumer electronics. While the contents of the agreement are confidential, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Hon Hai under the agreement. Hon Hai joins a growing list of contract manufacturing and original design manufacturing companies with Android and Chrome patent licenses.
“We are pleased that the list of companies benefitting from Microsoft’s Android licensing program now includes the world’s largest contract manufacturer, Hon Hai. By licensing both brand name companies and their contract manufacturers, we have successfully increased the overall effectiveness and global reach of the program,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual property group at Microsoft.