Microsoft Shift on Industry-Standard Patents Aimed at Google

Last updated on September 8th, 2018

Microsoft Corp.’s vow to negotiate with competitors over industry-standard patents, instead of trying to block their products, marks a change from the company’s position less than a year ago. Microsoft’s policy doesn’t bar the company from seeking bans on the use of patented technology that isn’t part of an industry standard or from suing to demand compensation for the use of the essential patents.
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