News by Michael Oryl on Wednesday April 28, 2010.
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A day after it was reported that smartphone manufacturer HTC is entering into a patent licensing deal with Microsoft, Microsoft's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, Horacio Gutierrez, issued the following statement
"Microsoft has a decades-long record of investment in software platforms. As a result, we have built a significant patent portfolio in this field, and we have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to ensure that competitors do not free ride on our innovations. We have also consistently taken a proactive approach to licensing to resolve IP infringement by other companies, and have been talking with several device manufacturers to address our concerns relative to the Android mobile platform."
While the above statement does not directly link yesterday's HTC news with Microsoft's "concerns" with Android, the timing certainly suggests that it may well have to do with HTC's recent success with Android-powered smartphones. It will be interesting to see if other major Android players like Motorola and Samsung also ink patent licensing deals with Microsoft in the near future.