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Microsoft, ViewSonic Sign Patent Licensing Deal Involving Android & Chrome OS Devices

Software giant Microsoft has pressured another Android device maker into signing a patent licensing agreement with it.

The company announced that ViewSonic had signed a patent licensing deal with it, which covers ViewSonic’s Android and Chrome OS based devices. The intricacies of the deal have not been disclosed but it is obvious that ViewSonic will be paying a royalty fees to Microsoft on every Android and Chrome OS based device it sells.

"We are pleased that ViewSonic is taking advantage of our industry wide licensing program established to help companies address Android's IP issues," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.

"This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property." he added.

The Windows maker, which competes with Android and iOS with Windows Phone 7 platform, has also inked a similar deal with Acer, the Taiwanese computer maker, which will cover the smartphones and tablet devices based on the Android mobile operating system.

HTC was the first major Android smartphone maker to sign a patent licensing deal with Microsoft, which is currently battling Barnes and Nobel and Motorola over patent infringements.