Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for HTC’s mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC.
The agreement expands HTC’s long-standing business relationship with Microsoft.
“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.”
Basically saying that M$ is propping up HTC to help them stave-off Apple's invasion of the smart-phone market. Makes sense.
8:27 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
It also helps prop up MS's "we have patents on Linux" propaganda, which was also the point of the deal with Novell - we can safely assume its propaganda as they have never pointed out even one patent they hold that would affect Linux, let alone had one upheld in court.
9:14 am on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
You've lost me there. How does this mobile phone agreement with HTC have anything to do with MS holding Linux patents?