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April 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Microsoft and Motorola Solutions sign patent licensing agreement

Microsoft has reached a patent licensing agreement with Motorola Solutions covering devices running Android and Chrome OS.

Notably, the agreement is with Motorola Solutions, which manufactures communications products for corporations and governments, such as two-way radios and bar code scanners.

The agreement is not with Motorola Mobility, which manufactures smartphones and other consumer mobile devices. Motorola Inc. split into two companies — Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility — in early 2011. Google¬† acquired Motorola Mobility in 2012, and then, earlier this year, announced that it would be selling it to Lenovo. Google will still retain ownership of most of Motorola Mobility’s patent portfolio and will license its patents to Lenovo.

Microsoft has not reached a patent licensing agreement with either Lenovo or Motorola Mobility. Microsoft and Motorola Mobility have fought patent battles in several courts around the world.

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