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Microsoft continues to flex patent muscles as Android agreement made with Wistron

Microsoft: it’s a name synonymous with a lot of things. Money, power…. and, of course, patents. The technology giant has never had an issue flexing out their patent muscles to companies and getting royalties, and today is no exception. Today, Android tablet maker Wistron Corp has reached a patent agreement with Microsoft, and (more than likely) saved themselves a lot of legal headaches down the road.

We are pleased that Wistron is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program, established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.

The company is licensing the patents for everything from mobile hones to tablets, eReaders and beyond that utilize Android or Chrome. The  amount being made by Microsoft is yet undisclosed to the public, but we do know that HTC hands over as much as $5 per Android device to Microsoft.

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