Microsoft's New Patent Pact Nets Key Royalty-Generating Deals

REDMOND, Wash (AP) — Microsoft Corp. said Sunday it reached a patent licensing agreement with Taiwan-based Compal, giving the software giant royalty-generating deals with more than half of the world's manufacturers of mobile devices that run Android and Chrome.

Microsoft maintains that Android and Chrome use certain Microsoft patents and that manufacturers must pay to run the technology on their products. Google Inc., which makes Android and Chrome, disputes Microsoft's claim.

Terms of the latest deal were not disclosed, but Microsoft said it would earn royalties from the agreement. Microsoft has signed similar deals with companies including Samsung, Quanta Computers and Wistron.

Compal designs products sold by Dell, Toshiba and other companies.

"We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft corporate vice president and deputy general counsel.