Microsoft IP Licensing Virtual Presskit

At Microsoft, we view intellectual property (IP) as the currency of innovation. Since Microsoft launched its IP Licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio. IP Licensing agreements help speed innovation to the marketplace, allowing companies to focus on product differentiation and tailoring new product offerings to current consumer needs.

Microsoft’s significant investment in R&D has resulted in the development of a robust and high-quality patent portfolio — one consistently rated at the top of the industry by authoritative sources such as IEEE and The Patent Board.