HTC Signs Patent Sharing Agreement With Microsoft

Taiwan-based smart phone maker HTC has signed a patent-sharing deal with Microsoft, allowing the company to use Microsoft technology in its Android-based smart phones.

The deal, worth an undisclosed sum, will allow HTC direct access to the Microsoft patent portfolio in order to make smarter and more consumer-friendly Android-based handsets.

A non-disclosure agreement prevents both companies from specifying exactly which Microsoft technologies would be used.

Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel in Microsoft's licensing and intellectual property division, said in a statement that “HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property.”

This patent licensing deal comes as HTC prepares to defend itself in a law suit filed by Apple, the company behind the iPhone, which accuses the smart phone maker of ripping off Apple's technology in its range of Android-based handsets.