We're seeing a heavy surge in Microsoft's relentless pursuit of licensing deals in light of recent patent-infringement claims
. Wistron Corp
, a spinoff of Acer, is the latest company to make an agreement with Microsoft in a string of lawsuits and royalty clashes that's spanned the course of two months. While we've seen Android suppliers such as Itronix
and Velocity Micro
come to agreements with the folks in Redmond, as well as others like Motorola
and Barnes & Noble
becoming courtroom fodder, this is the first time Chrome OS has been targeted. Wistron's an ODM (original design manufacturer) that supplies other companies with computers, tablets and e-readers using either Google OS, so it's not necessarily a surprise that it signed up for the Microsoft lawsuit prevention plan. Scant details are available aside from the fact that royalties will be collected as a result. Now that Chrome is involved, it not only shows that Team Ballmer isn't backing down, it appears to have even more companies in its crosshairs -- we just wonder who's next on the list. Full (albeit brief) PR after the break.
Microsoft and Wistron sign patent agreement
REDMOND, Wash., and TAIPEI, Taiwan - July 5, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. and Wistron Corp. have executed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Wistron under the agreement.
"We are pleased that Wistron is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program, established to help companies address Android's IP issues," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.