HTC to pay Microsoft for protection from Apple

HTC to pay Microsoft for protection from Apple

Summary: At first glance, it seems pretty straight forward -- Microsoft is nervous abut Android, and they want to show that they won't hesitate to throw around their patents. But is that what's really happening?

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At first glance, it seems pretty straight forward -- Microsoft is nervous abut Android, and they want to show that they won't hesitate to throw around their patents. But is that what's really happening? TechCrunch has a different take on the story.

In Microsoft's statement, they have some interesting wording that almost makes it look like they are tag-teaming with HTC to help fight the evil forces of the Apple -- who has already sued HTC for patent infringement recently.

“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”

MG Siegler thinks this could mean that Microsoft is offering up some level of patent protection to HTC -- who is very patent-poor. Doing this inadvertently helps Google, and is certainly going to be interesting to watch.

Topics: Apple, HTC, Microsoft

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  • Microsoft NEEDS HTC

    HTC makes the only Windows Mobile phones that people buy. While MS may be the bigger company with more power, HTC has the upper hand in this relationship as they produce the WinMo phones.

    HTC hasn't shown any sign of slowing down with WinMo because of Android - they'll continue making both so HTC is no threat to MS, however, WinMo phones use many of the same technologies that Android does and thus the patents are important to protect HTC - whom MS desperately needs to continue developing devices for their software.
    trance2tec