Apple Has Licensed Design Patents to Microsoft, Agreement Prohibits 'Cloning'
Apple has licensed its patents to Microsoft but the agreement prohibits 'cloning', reports Reuters.
The news was revealed by Apple patent licensing director Boris Teksler as part of his testimony in the Apple vs. Samsung trial.
Apple's decision to license its design patents to Microsoft was consistent with its corporate strategy, Teksler said, because the agreement prohibited Microsoft from manufacturing copies.
"There was no right with respect to these design patents to build clones of any type," Teksler said.
Teksler also noted that the patents for their "unique user experience" were a highly protected category and he could count "on one hand" the instances those patents had been licensed.