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Microsoft, HTC patent deal cover Google Android phones

Microsoft and HTC have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for HTC’s mobile phones running the Google Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC. HTC also makes Windows Phones, so it might seem that Microsoft, through the deal, is providing its partner with IP ammunition to use in its defense against Apple, Microsoft’s longtime rival. But that isn’t what’s happening. Instead, the deal represents Microsoft drawing a line in the sand against its other archrival, Google — and asserting that Microsoft, like Apple, believes Android infringes on its patents. The HTC deal represents the first in what Microsoft hopes will be a series of patent peace accords with Android device makers. “HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”


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