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January 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Microsoft and LG reach patent agreement over Android, Chrome

Microsoft announced today it’s signed a patent agreement with LG Electronics over LG’s devices running Google’s Android or Chrome.

Microsoft contends that some features of Android and Chrome infringe on its patents.

Microsoft has reached a number of such patent agreements with companies using Android on their mobile devices. It’s in litigation with several others. It’s also reached such agreements previously with companies that use Chrome.

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, said in a statement. “Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio.”

Terms of the agreement — including how much LG is paying Microsoft — were not disclosed.

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