One of my first stories came to fruition last night as Microsoft reached a licensing deal with HTC for infringing on some of their patents regarding Linux technology on all of their Android phones. The good news? At least they aren't facing a legal battle with Microsoft like they are with Apple.
...Microsoft believes that elements from both the user interface and the underlying operating system are in violation of its rights. This is very much in keeping with the Windows maker's crusade to assert patent claims over Linux, which in the past has garnished it with cross-licensing deals with Amazon and Xandros, as well as a settlement from TomTom.
Whether or not this is a move by HTC to keep from getting assaulted from two different directions or a move to somehow shore up a better defense against Apple is not clear. Microsoft had this to say about their business relationship with HTC:
“HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”
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