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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.

October 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Microsoft reaches patent agreement with Quanta

Microsoft has reached another patent agreement, this time with Quanta Computer, an original design manufacturer (ODM) that designs and manufactures computers that become branded by other companies.

The agreement provides coverage for Quanta’s tablets, smartphones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platforms, according to a news release that said Microsoft will receive royalties from Quanta. The release did not disclose how much Quanta will be paying Microsoft per device.

This is the ninth Android-related agreement Microsoft has signed in the past 18 months, according to Microsoft, which contends certain features in Android infringe on Microsoft patents.

After Microsoft reached a patent agreement with Samsung last month, Google had issued a statement characterizing Microsoft’s patent tactics as “resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements.”

Quanta is the ODM behind Amazon’s Kindle Fire and RIM’s Playbook, according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet.

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