Microsoft, LG Enter Android, Chrome OS Agreement
Microsoft made LG Electronics the latest company to enter a Google Android patent-licensing agreement, although exact terms went undisclosed.Microsoft and LG Electronics have signed a patent-licensing agreement for the latter's Google Android devices. Although neither company disclosed the exact terms, similar agreements have seen manufacturers paying Microsoft royalties for each Android device created. Microsoft has argued for some time that Android violates several of its patents. The agreement with LG Electronics also covers Chrome OS, Google's Web-reliant operating system for traditional PCs. A handful of "Chromebooks" appeared at this week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Whether LG ends up building these devices under their own brand remains to be seen, but the agreement indicates that such a move is at least under consideration.
"We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement," Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Microsoft's Intellectual Property Group, wrote in a Jan. 12 statement posted on Microsoft's Website. "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."