The latest company to sign a patent licensing deal with Microsoft for patents related to Google’s Android OS is LG, Microsoft has announced that they have signed a deal with LG for patents relating to Google’s Android and Google’s Chrome OS.
Microsoft have not disclosed the contents of the agreement, although we suspect that the deal is similar to other manufacturers with LG paying Microsoft a fee for every Android or Chrome device it sells.
“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.”
What is interesting about this latest deal with Microsoft is that out of all the Android smartphones sold in the US, 70 percent of them are covered in licensing deals with Microsoft.
Microsoft is now making a serious amount of cash each year from Google’s Android OS, with manufacturers rumored to be paying $10 to $15 for each device that is activated.
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