Microsoft signs Android patent deal with HTC

SEATTLE, April 27 (BestGrowthStock) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: ) said
on Tuesday it struck a licensing deal with phone handset maker
HTC Corp (2498.TW: ), under which it will get royalty payments on
HTC phones running Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis)’s (GOOG.O: ) Android operating
system.

Microsoft, which holds a wide range of software patents,
did not say exactly what technology in the phones the agreement
concerns.

The deal comes as smartphones using Google’s new operating
system — which Google allows phone makers to use for free —
gain in popularity. Microsoft charges handset makers like HTC
and others to use its Windows phone software.

The smartphone market is riven with legal disputes as
software companies and handset makers wrangle over who deserves
compensation for technology behind new devices which go well
beyond traditional mobile phones.

In March, Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ) sued HTC over its Android
phones, accusing it of infringing 20 hardware and software
patents related to the iPhone. HTC makes a number of
Android-powered phones, including the Google-branded Nexus
One.

Tuesday’s deal signals that Microsoft is not likely to
start a similar legal patent dispute with HTC over Android
phones. Licensing arrangements are standard procedure for
Microsoft, which has similar deals with more than 600
companies.

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(Reporting by Bill Rigby; editing by Carol Bishopric)

Microsoft signs Android patent deal with HTC