Microsoft just announced another patent licensing agreement with a maker of Android and Chrome devices, Pegatron Corp., making more headway with its claims that the Google operating systems violate its intellectual property.
The Redmond company says it now has licensing deals with four of the top five original design manufacturers in Taiwan, and has agreements in place covering more than 70 percent of all Android devices sold in the United States.
That’s up from 53 percent in October.
According to a news release, Microsoft will receive royalties from Pegatron as a result of the deal, but specific financial terms and other details of the agreement weren’t disclosed. The deal covers e-readers, tablets and smartphones made by Pegatron.
Microsoft has pursued deals with makers of Android and Chrome devices, as opposed to Google itself. Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, spoke out in August against what he called “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.”
In a news release this morning, Microsoft executive Horacio Gutierrez said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Pegatron and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace.”