News

Microsoft Ups IP Protection for OEM, ISV Partners

Microsoft Corp. recently added protections to its indemnification protection for original equipment manufacturers and independent software vendor partners to help shield them from intellectual property lawsuits that may arise in relation to their distribution of Microsoft products.

OEMs, OEM distributors, system builders and ISV Royalty partners are now all protected for trade secret claims. System Builders have been given new benefits, including patent, copyright, damages and settlement fees and no-cap legal defense fees. OEMs and OEM distributors have also been given no-cap legal defense fees plus damages and settlement fees.

Microsoft said the coverage extends to future versions of its software, such as Longhorn.

'This is a part of our ongoing efforts to respond to the requests of customers and partners," said Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft. "Our partners are telling us that IP issues are becoming increasingly complex, and they appreciate that Microsoft stands behind them and our products."

Resellers, distributors, retail and OEM embedded retain their current coverage.

To view a chart outlining the coverage per partner type, go here.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

Featured

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • After High-Profile Attacks, Biden Calls for Better Software Security

    Recent high-profile security attacks have prompted the Biden administration to issue an executive order aiming to tighten software security practices across the board.

  • With Hybrid Networks on Rise, Microsoft Touts Zero Trust Security

    Hybrid networks, which combine use of cloud services with on-premises software, require a "zero trust" security approach, Microsoft said this week.

  • Feds Advise Orgs on How To Block Ransomware Amid Colonial Pipeline Attack

    A recent ransomware attack on a U.S. fuel pipeline company has put a spotlight on how "critical infrastructure" organizations can prevent similar attacks.