Check out the following eWeek article – Microsoft Gives IP Indemnity to Its Embedded System OEMs.
<snip>Microsoft has moved to strengthen and broaden the intellectual property protections it offers those original equipment manufacturers and distributors across the globe that build and sell devices powered by its Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile software.
The Redmond, Wash. based software maker will announce Feb. 9 that this strengthened IP protection now includes the defense of OEMs and distributors against IP claims in every country Microsoft distributes or markets its Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile products; protection of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret claims based on that software; and the removal of the monetary cap related to defense costs. </snip>
I think this is a really cool offering to Embedded device builders.
<Update>This is also discussed on Microsoft PressPass</Update>