Per a new patent licensing agreement inked with General Dynamics Itronix, Microsoft has opened access to its Android-related innovations to the maker of rugged mobile computing devices.
I(t should be clear by now that using Google’s open source Android platform is not free, at least not as far as Microsoft is concerned.
The software giant’s extended intellectual property portfolio also covers technologies built into Android, innovations that the company is more than willing to license to third parties, for a price.
The new IP deal covers all General Dynamics Itronix devices running the Android platform, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed for Softpedia.
“The completion of this agreement enables Itronix to meet the evolving demands of our customers with more diverse applications and increased functionality in products that incorporate the Android platform,” said Mark Johnston, director of Strategic Computing Solutions for General Dynamics Itronix.
The move is nothing new for the Redmond company. Microsoft penned similar patent licensing agreements that covered Linux.
Similarly, the software giant is expecting companies embracing Google’s open source Android operating system to pay royalties for the technology included in the platform that it holds patents for.
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with General Dynamics Itronix, which is an example of how industry leaders address intellectual property,” added Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.
The actual details of the Microsoft and General Dynamics Itronix Sign IP deal were not disclosed, financial details included.
Those familiar with past Microsoft license agreements know that the financial aspects of such deals are never made public. However, the Redmond company did indicate that will receive royalties from General Dynamics Itronix for its use of Android, although both parties are keeping mum on the actual amount.