Microsoft & Compal Sign Android, Chrome Patent Licensing Deal

Microsoft has signed yet another patent licensing deal with an Android device maker as it continues to use the might of its patents to make money from the popularity of Android.

The Windows maker, which struggling to compete with Android with its Windows Phone 7 platform, announced that it had signed licensing deal with Taiwan based device maker Compal Electronics, which covers tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices that run on either Google's Android or Chrome platforms.

Microsoft announced that the patent deal, which is the tenth such deal, now means that the company has licensing deals with device makers that make half of the Android devices in the market. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.

"Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today's agreement with Compal means more than half of the world's ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft's patent portfolio," he added.

Apart from Wistron and Quanta, the company has also struck patent licensing deals with HTC, Samsung, Acer and ViewSonic among others.