Friday, January 13, 2012

Microsoft's Patent Licensing Program - 70% of Android Smartphones Sold in US Licensed

Today, Microsoft announced that LG, the second largest smartphone manufacturer, had signed a patent license agreement covering Android devices. Samsung the largest smartphone manufacturer and others have signed up. Microsoft taunts Google which has not....

Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of intellectual property and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, said "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."

Microsoft did not reveal the patent license terms, but Citibank's Walter Pritchard previously reported Microsoft's patent license with HTC is $5 per Android device.

See details in the San Jose Mercury News today.

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