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HTC To Pay Royalties To Microsoft For Android Patent Infringements

HTC To Pay Royalties To Microsoft For Android Patent Infringements

Guess what? Starting today, Microsoft will "receive royalties from HTC." We know you're probably eying that statement and assuming something is mistyped, but in fact, that's a direct quote from a new Microsoft press release. As the story goes, Microsoft actually decided recently that Google's Android operating system infringed on some of their patents, and obviously, that just wasn't going to fly.

Somewhat quietly, the company has seemingly informed HTC of the news, and rather than entering into a bloody court battle that would almost certainly end with Microsoft at the victory table, HTC has decided to simply agree to terms and start paying up. As you know, HTC is one of the world's most prominent phone makers to use Android, and reports have stated that the company is in talks with several other firms who deal in Android. It just so happens that HTC decided to fold their hand first.



Interestingly, Microsoft is being very low-key about what this new patent agreement entails. We're told that it "provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform," but outside of that, only the companies being questioned by Microsoft's lawyers really know. It's a little crazy that Microsoft is able to extract royalties from more than just Google; even though it's the software that's to blame, it seems that any hardware maker selling a phone with Android is also being asked to pony up.

Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft, had this to say: "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. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC."

So, now Microsoft will be making money off of Windows Phone 7 and Android? Must be a nice position to be in. Now, if only they could find that iPhone OS was infringing as well, they'd really hit the jackpot.


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But wasn't Apple going after HTC? Yowza, imagine being sued by both Apple AND Microsoft. 

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Wait, I don't understand... how does HTC have to pay being that Google is the one that infringed on Microsoft's so called patient since it's based on the OS?  (Well I guess it's asked in the article as well but I'm confused as well)  Wouldn't Google have to pay that royalty and them only?  That's kind of lame for Microsoft to flex their legal muscles on HTC like that

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@Moe: The "infringing" patents weren't anything in the OS - they were most likely the HTC developed apps that have "The ability to sync with Microsoft Exchange", which MS will sue anyone for (even if you come up with the code to do it all by yourself :\ ).

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I agree. It doesn't make sense either. However, if microsoft and HTC had a hidden agreement that htc can only use windows mobile on their device's, then the fact that HTC has android on it, then makes sense why microsoft would be pushing this. I mean, ever since I can remember HTC has always been windows mobile based.....until now. So the move to give HTC a reason to stay with windows, because of the royalties, would, in my mind, make it more likely for HTC to say, "OK, windows mobile only it is." But thanks HTC for not doing that and for continuing on with android.

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This is very true, but it also brings one thing to mind. If Apple who is now suing HTC for infringement also holds like patents with Microsoft on the same things (which I am pretty sure they do), it will also invalidate Apple's current law suit. This will also put HTC in the bigger camp, give them more patents as well as lending there own to M$. In the big picture it seems HTC "as would I", would much more wish to be in bed with a high dollar call girl "M$", than the mid market one "Apple".

If I was going to court and had the choice of having Apple or M$ on my side I would choose M$ any day of the week. As obviously would HTC :)

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