Microsoft signs patent licensing deal with Compal

Compal, a Taiwanese manufacturer, has signed a patent deal with Microsoft that will see the company pay the software giant licensing fees on sold Android and Chrome products. Compal now joins Samsung, HTC (opens in new tab), Acer and Viewsonic in Microsoft's patent portfolio licensing handbook.

Microsoft continues to work with manufacturers directly with regards to IP licensing, which could further increase the likelihood of them looking at Windows Phone more seriously. With the platform turning one year old (opens in new tab), more revenue from patent licensing can possibly mean increased investment in development.

Source: CNET (opens in new tab)

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