Azure IP Advantage

Protecting your innovation in the cloud

Reduce risk, innovate with confidence and operate with freedom in the cloud. Azure IP Advantage provides the industry’s most comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks.

Best-in-industry intellectual property protection

Across the globe, the shift to cloud computing is accelerating, affecting every industry and every person. As our customers move to the cloud, business risks are changing. One issue is the increased IP infringement risk associated with delivering software-based products and services in the cloud. To support our customers and to foster a community and business environment that values and protects innovation in the cloud, we created the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage programme.

Build confidently with uncapped indemnification

Build on Azure knowing that you have best-in-industry uncapped defence and indemnification coverage that extends to any open-source technology that powers Microsoft Azure services, such as Hadoop used for Azure HDInsight. You don’t have to do or pay anything extra, just use Azure, knowing that our indemnification coverage is available if you ever need it.

Deter and defend litigation with patent pick

Defend against patent litigation targeting your innovation with access to a large patent portfolio. You become eligible for this benefit simply by using Azure on a regular basis. If sued, eligible Azure customers can acquire one of 10,000 patents that Microsoft will make available to help to counterclaim against an aggressor. To learn more about how to pick a patent, please read the FAQs.

Get broad protection with a springing licence

We are pledging to Azure customers that if we transfer patents to non-practising entities (NPEs), these patents cannot be asserted against them in the future. Non-practising entities are companies that primarily use patents for revenue generation. While Microsoft doesn’t have a general practice of transferring our patents to NPEs, if it were ever to occur, we offer a springing licence to all eligible Azure customers.

What customers are saying

Toyota

“With Azure IP Advantage, we can operate and innovate more freely in the cloud while reducing our IP risk. Microsoft is uniquely able to provide such a comprehensive patent offering”.

Shigeki Tomoyama, President of Toyota’s Connected Company

Itron

“As we transform our business to create a more resourceful world, our ability to accelerate innovation in the cloud for the benefit of our customers is increasingly important. Azure IP Advantage delivers unique benefits that are important for us and our customers in this respect”.

Greg Richards, Vice President, Global DevOps, Itron

Mattel

“Mattel is a place of invention and imagination, and we aspire to spend as much of our time and energy creating as possible. Azure IP Advantage will let us focus on innovating and transforming our business, not fighting patent litigation”.

Geoff Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Technology Officer, Mattel

For patent pick eligibility: You must (i) have an Azure usage of $1,000 USD per month over the past three months; (ii) have not filed patent infringement litigation against another Azure customer for their Azure workloads in the last two years; and (iii) show evidence of current patent litigation that occurred after 8 February 2017. Legal transactional costs apply. For springing licence eligibility: You must have an Azure usage of $1,000 USD per month over the past three months.

Additional terms apply. Email IPAdvant@microsoft.com to request detailed programme terms and conditions.

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