Huawei hit with Android royalty demands by Microsoft

The latest vendor to be targeted by Microsoft for royalty payments is the Chinese firm Huawei, according to new reports. The US computing firm is claiming that it is due royalty payments on its Android-based devices.

“We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65,000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android,” said Victor Xu, Huawei CMO, adding that “negotiations are in progress” over the payments.

Microsoft has agreements with several notable Android licensees allowing them to use the US firm’s patents, among them HTC and Samsung – two key proponents of the OS. Microsoft has not however finalised the terms of a patent licensing agreement with Motorola, and the two firms are currently engaged in legal action.

The US firm has stated that “more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under licences to Microsoft’s patent portfolio.” Android has reportedly generated more revenue for Microsoft than its own OS, Windows Phone – even prior to Samsung licensing Microsoft’s patents.

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