Microsoft and Dell have signed a patent-licensing agreement so the companies will be able to use each other's respective technologies in their own products, without fear of litigation.
The agreement specifically covers both companies' intellectual property for Android, Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles. The deal will see Dell pay royalties to Microsoft for products running the Android or Chrome platforms.
Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said the patent deal will stop unnecessary patent disputes between the two companies, saving them both valuable time and money.
"Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property," said Gutierrez. "We have been partnering with technology manufacturers and vendors for many years to craft licensing deals, instead of litigation strategies."
Neil Hand, vice president of End User Computing Products at Dell, promised the deal will help the companies focus their efforts on creating better products.
"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 Hand.
The Microsoft and Dell deal comes during a heated period of patent litigation within the technology community. The lawsuit frenzy began in April 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly copying" its iPad design.
The battle subsequently escalated when Samsung responded with its own wave of patent infringement claims against Apple. Since then numerous technology companies have launched patent lawsuits against competitors.
Microsoft and Dell are two of many companies to work to end the patent war using cross-licence deals. Samsung inked similar deals with Google and Cisco at the start of the year.
Smartphone makers Nokia and HTC also signed a cross-licence patent deal, ending all litigation between the two firms immediately at the start of February.
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