While Google is working hard to make Android a success, Microsoft continues to sign patent licensing deals with Android device manufacturers. LG is the latest casualty of the patent wars between tech giants.
Microsoft announced that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with LG covering its Android and Chrome OS devices. It will receive a licensing fee of around $5-$10 for each device sold by LG, going by the estimated licensing revenue in its past deals.
Microsoft now has deals with all major Android manufacturers except Motorola, which it is suing in the U.S. and U.K. Motorola was recently acquired by Google, so it is unlikely that it will give up without a tough fight.
“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”
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