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									 Microsoft Scores Another Patent Victory With LG For Android, Chrome OS Devices

Written by deepti dhaval
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:24

Redmond, Washington -- In a latest turn of events, software monopolists Microsoft has scored
another key patent-licensing deal in the Android environment. The software maker on Thursday
said that it has endorsed a patent licensing deal with LG under which the South Korean
electronics manufacturer will pay license fees in exchange for Microsoft's pledge not to sue it for
using Google's Android and Chrome OS software in its products, Microsoft announced in a
Thursday                             press release .

Although neither company disclosed financial details of the agreement, similar pacts have seen
manufacturers paying Microsoft royalties for each Android device created. Microsoft has long
argued that certain components of Android and Chrome OS violate its patents, and has struck
licensing deals with numerous vendors that use the Google mobile and desktop software in their

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually
beneficial agreement,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel
for Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group, wrote in a Jan. 12 statement posted on Microsoft's

In addition, this latest agreement with LG brings the total count of licensing agreements
Microsoft has with OEMs of Chrome OS- and Android-based devices to 11.

Previously, the Redmond Vole has signed similar agreements with companies including HTC,
Samsung, Suanta, Copal Electronics, and Wistron. Microsoft in October reached an agreement
with Copal, which it said secured it patent deals on a majority of Android and Chrome devices
on the market.

The software giant said the deal with LG means that 70% of Android-based smartphones sold in
the U.S. are now covered by its licensing program. “We are proud of the continued success of
our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS,” said Gutierrez.

Microsoft Scores Another Patent Victory With LG For Android, Chrome OS Devices

Written by deepti dhaval
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:24

Gutierrez also expanded on his remarks via Twitter.

“How should the smartphone industry resolve IP disputes in the software stack? Let's try
licensing,” he tweeted .

Microsoft rolled out its IP licensing program in 2003, and until now has struck more than 1,100
deals. Other companies that are paying Microsoft for the right to use Android or Chrome in their
products without fear of a lawsuit from Redmond include HTC, Samsung, Acer and others. That
figure is growing rapidly: back in September, Microsoft announced that it had 700 licensing
agreements in place.

“The commercial fact is that patent licensing is still the established way to resolve intellectual
property issues,” patent blogger Florian Mueller explained in a blog post .


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