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Microsoft and Dell get cosy on Android, Chrome and Xbox patents

As Spherix sues Cisco over precious Nortel patents
Thu Mar 27 2014, 11:22
Microsoft and Dell have agreed on xbox, chrome and android tributes

MICROSOFT AND DELL have signed a patents cross-licensing deal and come to an agreement on Android, Chrome and Xbox patents.

The patents agreement sees the two firms continue a 30-year business partnership.

"Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate VP and deputy general counsel 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."

The deal sees the two firms licensing each other's applicable intellectual properties and will cover Android and Chrome devices and Xbox gaming machines. Details are light, but apparently Dell is happy enough.

"Today's announcement builds on our history of collaborating to bring new technologies to market," said Neil Hand, Dell VP of end user computing products.

"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."

Less talkative was Cisco when we presented it with questions about a patents lawsuit filed by Spherix, one of the buyers of Nortel's patents portfolio.

A quick 'no comment' was its response to information about the lawsuit from Spherix, a firm that regularly defends and leverages its patents holdings.

Spherix said that Cisco is a regular thorn in its intellectual property side in a filing that has been posted to Scribd by patent litigation firm Markman Advisors.

"The scope of Cisco's infringement of the asserted patents has been and continues to be immense," it said. "The vast majority of Cisco's switching and routing revenue from March 2008 until the present is and has been generated by products and services implementing technology that infringes the asserted patents."

Spherix said that Cisco is infringing 11 patents that it harvested from Nortel's remains in December 2013.

That was a continuation of a relationship with the Rockstar Consortium, a hydra of firms that includes Apple, Microsoft, Research in Motion, Ericsson and Sony and picked the bones of Nortel Networks.

"We believe this is a very valuable patent portfolio, containing both industry standard patents and patents found in product implementations of various Internet service and network device vendors throughout the world," said John Veschi, CEO of Rockstar of the Nortel patents deal.

"To assist in the effective commercialisation of the over 4,000 patents owned by Rockstar, we are excited to be working with Spherix on this transaction while we continue to directly commercialise the balance of our portfolio."

Law firm Cozen O'Connor is representing Spherix. µ


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