While one company sues, another partners.
Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) said today that its long-standing handset partner, HTC, which makes both Windows and Android phones, has agreed to a broad patent agreement in conjunction with the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android platform. Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but HTC will have to pay Microsoft royalties.
Not all disagreements are so graceful. In March, Apple sued HTC for infringing on 20 Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) patents. That case is under review by the U.S. International Trade Commission. Microsoft played up the collaboration bit, by saying that it has entered into more than 600 licensing agreements over time. In a statement, Microsoft said: “As you may be aware, many technology companies active in the growing smartphone space have been taking increasing steps to protect their inventions…Microsoft views this agreement as an effective example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property concerns.”