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Microsoft Signs Patent Licensing Deal With Quanta

The unfolding Android drama just got a bit more dramatic, as Microsoft and Taiwan-based Quanta have announced a lucrative patent-licensing agreement. Though the specific terms of the deal have not been made public, the press release confirms that Quanta will enjoy "broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Quanta's tablets, smartphones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome Platform." Naturally, Microsoft will also receive royalties from Quanta.

Those royalties are sure to give Google severe headaches. Microsoft has long claimed that Android borrows significant elements from Windows, and that they're owed significant royalties for those borrowed elements. Considering Google's policy of giving the OS away to developers for free, that's not very likely to happen soon, but Microsoft's plan B - undermine Google's position by striking deals with individual developers - has worked out pretty well for them so far.  During the last few months, Microsoft has accumulated an impressive array of patent-sharing arrangements, including with Casio, Acer, ViewSonic, Velocity Micro and most recently with Apple arch-nemesis Samsung

Your move, Google.

  • Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone

    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, I'm gonna get you too
    Another one
    bites the dust
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  • funguseater
    Are we supposed to feel bad for Google??? With Quanta producing %30 of the laptop market how could they not come to some agreement...
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  • alikum
    No problem with that if both parties agree to the deal. Good thing they are not mobilizing their lawyers and go lawsuit crazy.
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  • Niva
    Oh the battle is about to take place if Google indeed acquires Motorola. Then Apple and Microsoft can have their field days in court with Google directly.
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  • Benihana
    Now would be a good time for aliens to invade earth, so that these silly feuds and lawsuits can come to an end.
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  • back_by_demand
    BenihanaNow would be a good time for aliens to invade earth, so that these silly feuds and lawsuits can come to an end.They already did, years ago, we scored a big victory when Steve Jobs couldn't get used to our atmosphere, but I think we need to send the bombers in to get Eric Schmidt.
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  • spectrewind
    Love the picture.
    "The Best of Both Worlds".... Part 2.



    "Apple arch-nemesis Samsung."
    OMG, It all makes sense now. I don't own a single Apple product. I own SEVERAL Samsung products, and am very happy with them...

    I should have made the connection!
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  • rantoc
    BenihanaNow would be a good time for aliens to invade earth, so that these silly feuds and lawsuits can come to an end.
    They wait until there is no other occupation left than lawyers and judging the latest development in the electronics sector that might happen sooner than later. I would have a good time ransacking a world with lawyers trying to frame you for breaking the law rather than real men who shoots back!
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  • back_by_demand
    rantocThey wait until there is no other occupation left than lawyers and judging the latest development in the electronics sector that might happen sooner than later. I would have a good time ransacking a world with lawyers trying to frame you for breaking the law rather than real men who shoots back!I thought the lawyers were the aliens
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  • goldenthunder
    http://www.jamesfuqua.com/lawyers/jokes/trek.shtml
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