Microsoft has just announced a new patent partnership with Luna Mobile that aims to expand smartphone and tablet technology for customers around the world. Contents of the deal are confidential, but the companies have noted that Microsoft will receive royalties from Luna under the agreement.
The patent collaboration comes right as Luna Mobile prepares to release a new line of smartphones (ranging in price from $139 to $459) and telecommunications services later this year. Luna Mobile, Inc. was formed to market a line of mobile smartphones, telecommunication service, and related accessories under the LUNA brand.
The company has over 1,000 engineers and quality control personnel and it's partners have worked for years with leading chipset and component providers. Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing, put the partnership best, saying,
“Microsoft is committed to empowering people all over the world to increase their productivity, and that’s what this new collaboration with Luna Mobile is all about... “Luna Mobile is at an exciting place right now, and its partnership with Microsoft on patents will usher in the kind of innovation needed to deliver enhanced features and user experiences for customers all over the world.”
Microsoft's is noting that it's patent agreement with Luna is just the latest example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements overall.