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Azure IP Advantage Program

If you are building an IoT solution, check out the Azure IP Advantage Program. Azure IP Advantage applies to the software running IoT devices connected to Azure. We also offer uncapped indemnification for Azure Sphere and Windows 10 IoT, and the ability to pick from 10,000 Microsoft patents to protect against lawsuits aimed at your own IoT software.


Startups have unique IP challenges, such as risk from non-practicing entities, which view small companies and startups as soft targets for patent lawsuits. In addition to the benefits available to all Azure IP Advantage customers, qualified startups can also take advantage of:

  • Free LOT Network membership, which prevents NPEs from asserting patents covered by the LOT license against network members. LOT members can still sell their patents and take legal action against other members. Startups can join LOT for free.
  • Up to three free Microsoft patents in technical areas such as artificial intelligence, multimedia, and security to help boost their own IP portfolio.

For more information, please visit this page: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-ip-advantage/