Microsoft today announced it has signed a broad patent agreement with Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai, for a broad coverage of Microsoft’s patents for Android and Chrome devices. This is by far the biggest agreement Microsoft has signed with any Android vendor. Foxconn is the world’s biggest contract manufacturer and has been rumored to be the manufacturing partner for Amazon’s alleged Kindle smartphone that is based on a forked version of Android. Also Read - Apple iPhone 13 series launch could be delayed due to chip shortageAlso Read - Apple to boost iPhone production in India to reduce Chinese dependancy: Report
Microsoft has been extremely aggressive with Android device vendors and has signed patent licensing agreements with them. The software giant has agreements in place with Samsung, LG, HTC and Compal, among others. In fact, at one point of time Microsoft’s earnings from these patent agreements was higher than what the software giant was making off its Windows Phone business. Also Read - Apple manufacturer Foxconn could soon set up factories in Mexico
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, said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. By licensing both brand name companies and their contract manufacturers, we have successfully increased the overall effectiveness and global reach of the program.
Hon Hai is the world s largest contract electronics manufacturer that holds more than 54,000 patents worldwide, said Samuel Fu, director of the Intellectual Property Department at Hon Hai. 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.