Microsoft, Dell build on each other's innovations

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) reported they have announced a patent licensing agreement allowing the companies to share technology and build on each other´s innovations.

It is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers.

“Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president of the innovation and intellectual property group at Microsoft. “We have been partnering with technology manufacturers and vendors for many years to craft licensing deals, instead of litigation strategies.”

“Today´s announcement builds on our history of collaborating to bring new technologies to market. 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,” said Neil Hand, vice president, end user computing products at Dell.

Through this arrangement, Microsoft and Dell have agreed to license each company´s applicable intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles. Under the terms of the agreement, they agreed on royalties for Dell´s products running the Android or Chrome platforms and on consideration to Dell for a license from Microsoft for Xbox gaming consoles.

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