General Dynamics Itronix Signed A Patent Agreement With Microsoft For Android Devices

Microsoft has signed yet another patent agreement with an Android device maker, General Dynamics Itronix and that will guarantee the software giant licensing fees for every Android device Itronix sells. Microsoft has already sued Barnes and Noble and Foxconn over Android patents and the new agreement will serve to increase the amount of money Microsoft earns from the overall success of Android…………


Microsoft has added another Android backer to the list of those signing with Redmond for patent protection and the agreement covers General Dynamics Intronix devices running the Android operating system. Microsoft refused to detail the contents of the agreement but revealed that they will receive royalties from General Dynamics Intronix as part of the agreement. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with General Dynamics Itronix, which is an example of how industry leaders address intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. Microsoft and HTC signed a patent agreement last year relating to HTC’s mobile phones running Android. Although the terms of the deal were undisclosed, it was recently reported that Microsoft receives $5 for every HTC device sold. Microsoft is widely believed to generate more revenue from Android patents than its own Windows Phone licences. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has previously said that Android is not free. “Android has a patent fee. It’s not like Android’s free,” he said in October last year. Microsoft has been pursuing Taiwan-based handset makers Acer and Asustek. The company is trying to muscle the vendors into agreeing a patent deal in an attempt to thwart the spread of Android and Chrome OS. Both ASUS and Acer have been using Android on a number of devices.



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