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ZTE to Pay Microsoft for Every Android Phone It Makes

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Apr 24, 2013, 7:22 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft has struck another smartphone patent licensing agreement, this time with Chinese handset manufacturer ZTE. Microsoft has similar deals already in place with companies such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Hon Hai, and 20 other companies. Microsoft maintains that its patent portfolio covers certain core technologies that are built into the Android platform. Microsoft is still attempting to get Google's Motorola unit to sign a similar agreement, but has been forced to resort to litigation to do so. Terms of the deal with ZTE were not disclosed.

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Apr 24, 2013, 1:47 PM

They must have a solid argument if everyone is paying up

That or they can't afford to fight it.

Either way, Motorola/Google holding out is likely the only one that could lead to court. The outcome is either definitively all Android manufacturers should pay Motorola, or it would nullify all current agreements if they are deemed invalid.

I'm grabbing my popcorn, here we go again.
The reason why they are settling is because it's a standard licensing agreement.....there's a long tradition in business of filing lawsuits simply as a way to force negotiations....Microsoft is being reasonable by simply asking for licensing fees...
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