Phone maker HTC has agreed to compensate Microsoft for the use of patents used in the Android smartphones it builds.
The move suggests Google, which put the Android OS together and then offered it to phone makers for free, used technologies in the software that Microsoft had patented.
Microsoft said HTC has agreed to cough up for "broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for HTC’s mobile phones running the Android mobile platform." The exact technologies haven't been described.
HTC happens to make phones running Microsoft's own Windows Mobile OS.
A "pleased" Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of intellectual property and licensing at Microsoft declared in a statement: "HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property.”
Intellectual property is pretty much the only way the West now makes money, having exported all its manufacturing to filthy sweatshops lying to the East.