Microsoft and Lenovo sign patent and software deal

Microsoft and Lenovo have signed a patent cross-licensing deal that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices.

Select Lenovo devices that run Android will ship with Microsoft’s productivity apps, including Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype.

Microsoft said the patent agreement is an example of the important role intellectual property plays in ensuring a vibrant technology ecosystem.

Since launching its IP licensing programme in December 2003, Microsoft said it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.

“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” said Christian Eigen, leader of corporate alliances at Lenovo.

“Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers.”

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