Two more Android device makers, Acer and ViewSonic, have signed patent agreements with Microsoft covering Android, falling in line with the Redmond company’s claims that Google’s mobile operating system violates its patented technologies.

In news releases, Microsoft executive Horacio Gutierrez called the deals “an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”

Meanwhile, HTC is using nine patents newly acquired from Google to fend off Apple’s patent claims over HTC’s use of Android, according to a Bloomberg News report this morning.

The deals are the latest moves by the companies in the ongoing battle over Android. Google’s top lawyer recently spoke out against what the company calls “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.”

Microsoft is reportedly making $5 on every Android sold by HTC  under a patent licensing deal, and asking for between $7.50 and $12.50 in negotiations with makers of other Android devices.

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  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Google handing over patents to HTC pleases me as it officially validates on of the point i made back when the news of the Googorola deal broke:

    “4.-HTC is on a war of their on with Apple. You can bet that
    they were pressuring Google to “fucking do something” to help already. ”

    http://www.appatic.com/2011/08/on-google-acquiring-motorola-mobility.html

    (yeah, i know i am plugging in, but hey it is completely relevant to your post Todd)

    Now on this news. There is still no way to know if they were already part of the rumored dozen licensees or not. But having Acer on the list. Will put pressure on the likes of MSI, ASUS and specially Lenovo that is going to release their cheap A1 Android Slate.  Would not be surprised if they announced Lenovo as a licensee too.

    • Guest

      To be more precise they sold them to HTC. Seems like Google is just trying to have HTC do the heavy lifting. And I can’t imagine HTC or any other Android OEM is pleased about the MMI deal, regardless of the nearly identical sound bites that Google managed to extract from most of them.

      • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

        It would not be possible for Google to gift them to a partner/competitor.  And Google cannot sue Apple directly either. selling them to HTC is what they could do, and that sure ” doing something”. Now the question is also if Google will sell some to Samsung too.

        Me using “handing over” was not the best phrasing. On that i do agree.

  • http://www.appatic.com Avatar X

    Google handing over patents to HTC pleases me as it officially validates on of the point i made back when the news of the Googorola deal broke:

    “4.-HTC is on a war of their on with Apple. You can bet that
    they were pressuring Google to “fucking do something” to help already. ”

    http://www.appatic.com/2011/08/on-google-acquiring-motorola-mobility.html

    (yeah, i know i am plugging in, but hey it is completely relevant to your post Todd)

    Now on this news. There is still no way to know if they were already part of the rumored dozen licensees or not. But having Acer on the list. Will put pressure on the likes of MSI, ASUS and specially Lenovo that is going to release their cheap A1 Android Slate.  Would not be surprised if they announced Lenovo as a licensee too.

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