Microsoft signs Android patent deal with Foxconn parent Hon Hai
April 18 , 2013
Microsoft has signed a patent deal with the parent firm of Foxconn to receive a royalty fee for devices using Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.
Hon Hai said on Wednesday that the deal was secured in order to prevent its clients’ involvement in an ongoing intellectual property dispute.
Since 2010, this is the nineteenth announced patent licence deal that Microsoft has signed from companies whose products utilize Google's mobile and laptop operating systems.
Other firms that signed similar agreements with Microsoft include HTC, Samsung, LG, Sharp and Acer.
Hon Hai, which is known as the world's biggest consumer electronics manufacturer, assembles about 40 percent of the sector's products. The firm owns more than 54,000 patents of its own.