Microsoft Inks Patent License Deal with One More Android Manufacturer

April 27, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Looks like Microsoft has just found the right approach to bag patent deals from major Android manufacturers.

If it was companies like HTC, Samsung and LG that earlier inked similar patent license deals with one of the arch rivals of Android in the smartphone market, now Taiwanese Android kit maker Pegatron is the latest in the list of the companies who have inked a deal with Microsoft, leaving Motorola the only remaining major Android warrior that has not done so.

The new patent license inked between Microsoft and Pegatron will cover both Android and Chrome based devices.

Pegatron has been a major name related to Android in the industry related to manufacturing products such as e-readers, smartphones and tablets. The company also functions as a component supplier for major firms.

The new license deals with technologies of navigation and how websites display their content, which are patented by Microsoft.

Since Microsoft considers Android violates these patents as a platform, they have approached the major Android manufacturers to slap patent licenses on them.

The new deal comes as part of Microsoft continued strategy of Android licensing program which, according to Microsoft, is part of its attempts to resolve IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace.

The company has inked similar deals with companies in the Android business like Suanta, Copal Electronics and Wistron.

With the new deal, Microsoft now estimated to hold more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. under their patent portfolio.

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