The agreement marks the latest collaboration among tech giants. In the past weeks, Samsung also reached deals with Google and Ericsson.
The two companies are pretty vague about the terms but take veiled shots at Apple.
The two companies will share intellectual property on a "broad range of products and services," including those for certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.
Hundreds of patents which secure Microsoft lucrative Android licensing deals have been published by the Chinese government.
The decision by the USPTO, while relevant to the most recent Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial, isn't final and could take months or years to come to conclusion.
Two more consumer-electronics firms pony up to get rights to Microsoft's patents covering devices running Chrome and Android.
Microsoft files a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.
Plenty of patents are involved in HEVC, the leading technology contender for compressing 4K video. Several big names still haven't signed up for an effort to ease licensing.
InterDigital receives a blow from the US International Trade Commission with a ruling that says Nokia and ZTE did not infringe on patents.
Apple has reached patent licensing agreements with Access Co., the Japanese company that owns some patents related to the Palm operating system, as well as Bell Communications Research and Geoworks.