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Foxconn, Microsoft Ink Android Patents Deal

April 17, 2013
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Manufacturing giant Foxconn has signed a patent deal that will see it pay royalties to Microsoft for every Android phone it makes, Microsoft said Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but numerous reports said it was Microsoft's biggest patent deal to date and could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

Microsoft said that the deal covers all Foxconn products running on the Android or Chrome operating systems, both of which are made by Google. The agreement includes smartphones, tablets and televisions, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has similar deals in place with Samsung, HTC, LG and other major manufacturers of Android devices. But Motorola Mobility, which was bought by Google last year, largely for its own large patent portfolio, has resisted Microsoft's patent demands and is fighting several court battles with the company in the US and Europe.

"We are pleased that the list of companies benefiting from Microsoft's Android licensing program now includes the world's largest contract manufacturer, Hon Hai," said Microsoft executive Horacio Gutierrez, referring to the official name of Foxconn.

"By licensing both brand name companies and their contract manufacturers, we have successfully increased the overall effectiveness and global reach of the program."

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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