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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Microsoft signs Android patent agreements with Acer, ViewSonic

Microsoft has come to patent licensing agreements with two more companies that manufacture smartphones and/or tablets that run on the Android platform.

In news releases issued today, Microsoft announced agreements with Acer and ViewSonic.

The agreement with Acer covers Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Acer’s tablets and smartphones running the Android platform. The agreement with ViewSonic covers Microsoft’s patent portfolio for ViewSonic’s tablets and mobile phones running the Android or Chrome platforms

Neither release detailed the terms of the agreement. The news release for the ViewSonic deal, though, said the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from ViewSonic.

Microsoft contends that it has patents on some of the technologies found in Android features.

The licensing agreements announced today sound similar to deals Microsoft struck with other companies. In April, for instance, HTC, a major Taiwanese smartphone maker, agreed to pay Microsoft a reported $5 per Android phone.

In recent months, Microsoft has gone after a handful of companies that make Android phones and tablets.

It has either sued or persuaded the companies to pay Microsoft license fees. Microsoft contends it has patents on those technologies.

The patent wars between high-tech companies have heated up in recent months with lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, and public spats. Just last month, Microsoft and Google held a public war of words over the issue via blogposts and tweets.

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