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05 July 2011, 20:13

Chrome mentioned in Microsoft's latest patent deal

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MSFT vs Android image Microsoft has announced that it has signed a patent agreement with Taiwan's Wistron Corporation that will cover the company's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other devices running Android or the Chrome platform. Wistron will pay royalties to Microsoft under the agreement.

The reference to Chrome is believed to be the first time Microsoft has extended the reach of its patent portfolio to Google's Chrome platform. Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's corporate VP and deputy general counsel, only referred to "Android's IP issues" in the associated statement. The agreement with Wistron comes the week after making similar deals with General Dynamics Itronix and Velocity Micro and Onkyo Corporation; Chrome was not mentioned in any of the previous deal announcements.


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