Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Licensing Agreements Between Microsoft On iOS Design Patents Revealed By Apple

The ongoing trial between Samsung and Apple has again revealed some interesting info. Apparently, Apple has licensed iOS design patents to Microsoft. This info was revealed by Apple's patent director Boris Teksler, he also added that although Microsoft has this license they can't create or copy the designs like what Android or Samsung did. Although Microsoft agreed to this design patent licensing with Apple they did not do something similar to iOS or Android they opted to start fresh by using a totally new UI which is now called the Modern UI. To summarise things, Microsoft's UI and design philosophy is totally different from iOS. Conclusively, i think Microsoft made the correct choice form redesigning the whole interface in WP and to me the Metro UI Modern UI is one of the most attractive UI in the market currently. 

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.

Source: Wmpoweruser 
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