Report: Microsoft has Huawei in patent sights - Mobile World Live

Report: Microsoft has Huawei in patent sights

08 NOV 2011

The Guardian reports that Huawei has confirmed that Microsoft is demanding royalty payments for its Android-powered devices, marking it the latest device-maker to come under pressure from the US computing giant.

Victor Xu, CMO of the Chinese vendor, told the paper that “negotiations are in progress,” while also noting its own intellectual property strengths. “We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65,000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android,” Xu said.

Microsoft has already signed patent licensing deals with several high-profile Android licensees, including the platform’s biggest supporters – HTC and Samsung. It has a legal action open against Motorola, which has not so far agreed terms.

A number of contract manufacturers have also inked contracts with Microsoft, including Compal, Wistron and Quanta Computer.
Microsoft previously said that “more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under licences to Microsoft’s patent portfolio.”

According to previous reports, Android was a bigger money spinner for Microsoft than its own Windows Phone platform, even before Samsung had signed up as a patent licensee.


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