Microsoft Signs Deal With Japanese Android Vendor

Microsoft announced on June 30 that it had signed up Onkyo Corp., a Japan based Android tablet maker, as another of the company’s patent license partners.

This is the third such deal that the software giant from Redmond, Washington has made this week. The company had already signed two similar agreements with the Android vendors Velocity Micro and General Dynamics earlier in the week.

The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but Microsoft asserted that it will be pocketing royalties from Onkyo as a part of the deal.

Onkyo is a consumer electronics manufacturer from Osaka, Japan that specialises in a wide range of audio equipments and home theater systems. The company was founded in September, 1946 and is currently led by chairman and president Naoto Ohtsuki.

The latest move by the software giant has made many critics wonder about the possible reasons behind it making one after another Android patent licensing agreements in the past few days.

“We are pleased that Onkyo has taken advantage of our patent licensing program for Android devices and has signed this agreement,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft in a statement.

“This agreement and similar agreements recently announced evidence the momentum and success of our licensing program.”

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