China's ZTE signs Android patent license with Microsoft

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The ZTE company logo is seen as a guest delivers a speech during the company's 15th anniversary celebration in Beijing April 18, 2013. REUTERS/Barry Huang

The ZTE company logo is seen as a guest delivers a speech during the company's 15th anniversary celebration in Beijing April 18, 2013.

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp, one of the world's largest smartphone makers, has agreed to pay Microsoft Corp a royalty for devices it makes using Google Inc's Android and Chrome operating systems.

ZTE is the latest in a line of hardware manufacturers that have struck a patent deal with Microsoft, which has successfully argued that Android - which Google provides free to handset makers - uses Microsoft-owned technology.

Google itself, and its Motorola phone maker unit, are the most notable holdouts against a patent agreement with Microsoft. Those differences could be settled soon, depending on the judge's verdict in a patent trial in Seattle.

Reaching agreement with ZTE means Microsoft now has patent deals in place with four of the five leading Android phone makers.

It already has agreements with South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Corp, and with Taiwan's HTC Corp.

It has no deal with China's fast-growing Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

The ZTE deal marks progress for Microsoft with companies operating in China, following last week's patent agreement with contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, parent of Foxconn.

Microsoft said it now has Android patent deals with about 20 device makers, and 60 percent of Android phones sold worldwide are covered by a Microsoft patent license.

(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Ryan Woo)

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scythe wrote:
m$oft acts like the loser it is

a pathetic patent parasite trying to infect the mobile ecosystem with
its blue screen of death

a quick browse of m$oft’s claims that Android-based Nook e-readers infringe on five patents. These include:

• No. 5,778,372 from 1998, titled “Remote Retrieval and Display Management of Electronic Document with Incorporated Images,” covering a browser that initially displays electronic documents without background images so they can be loaded more quickly.

• No. 6,339,780 from 2002, titled “Loading Status in a Hypermedia Browser Having a Limited Display Area,” referring to a temporary graphic element that displays while a browser is loading content.

• No. 5,889,522 from 1999, titled “System Provided Child Windows Controls,” covering a dynamic link library for implementing window controls in an operating system.

• No. 6,891,551 from 2005, titled “Selection Handles in Editing Electronic Documents,” a method of highlighting and selecting elements in documents with the ability to resize and drag selections.

• No. 6,957,233 from 2005, titled “Method and Apparatus for Capturing and Rendering Annotations for Non-modifiable Electronic Content,” letting users select objects on pages they otherwise cannot edit, and storing annotations “separately from the non-modifiable portion of the file.”

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