Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Apr 2010 14:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yeah, we're continuing with the mobile news for now. As it turns out, there are two ways to deal with ever increasing competition. Where Apple sued HTC, Microsoft has decided to do what it does best: they're trying to extract some form of profit out of the rising popularity of Android phones. This morning, the Redmond giant announced it signed a patent licensing agreement with HTC.
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RE: Am I missing something?
by SlackerJack on Wed 28th Apr 2010 15:28 UTC in reply to "Am I missing something?"
SlackerJack
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2005-11-12

From what I can see, it's if HTC use any patented technology that Microsoft have in their portfolio. If HTC do use such patented technologies, then Microsoft will receive royalties from that.

It's a more sensible way of doing business rather than suing, which is what Apple are doing.

Edited 2010-04-28 15:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Am I missing something?
by kristoph on Wed 28th Apr 2010 16:09 in reply to "RE: Am I missing something?"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

What is interesting here is that HTC is essentially paying royalties to MIcrosoft for Android technologies. That's a bad precedent but, in fairness to HTC they probably did not want to be sued to two of the largest companies on the planet at the same time,

No doubt the Apple patent issue will be resolved in a smilliar way.

The biggest issue is for Google. If a perception develops that using Android requires paying royalties to microsoft and apple it will reduce the appeal of Android to handset manufacturers and fast.

K

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

What is interesting here is that HTC is essentially paying royalties to MIcrosoft for Android technologies. That's a bad precedent but, in fairness to HTC they probably did not want to be sued to two of the largest companies on the planet at the same time


Sounds kind of like a schoolyard bully who demands your lunch money, else he's gonna kick your ass.

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