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Microsoft in Talks with Pantech to Sign Android Patent Deal

Microsoft is reportedly in talks with the South Korea’s third largest mobile manufacturer, Pantech so as to make it its next patent licensee. Both the companies are in negotiations over finalizing the royalty payments for its patents regarding Android smartphones.

According to Yonhap News, the company is most probably following the competitor smartphone suppliers Samsung, which Redmond-based Company described as its “most important Android patent license to date,” and LG, which according to company accounts for over 70% of Android smartphones sold in the United States.

A spokesman of Pantech confirmed that companies are in talks:

“We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided,” a company spokesman said.

At the recently held CES event in Las Vegas, Pantech has revealed its latest LTEW-enabled smarpthones along with its first 8-inch tablet device, named the Pantech Element. It is an Android-based tablet and completely waterproof.

Many people belong to the technology industry viewing patent protection more of a business than a way to claim intellectual property rights against a company or individual copying an innovation of their own. What Microsoft believes is that the patent system is in fact ‘normal and necessary’ regardless of the fact that it can be very horrible.

The Deputy General Counsel, Horacio Gutierrez, the man who guides Microsoft’s intellectual property group thinks that companies won’t have the drive or incentive to spend millions of dollars and several years creating new technologies, if there is no patent system. The new technologies are vital as they led the basis for hardware and software platforms and without patent system, it cannot be possible.

The rival companies of Microsoft are not at all happy with its patent frolics. Google thinks that the Redmond-based software giant has employed it in a ‘hostile’ patent war. The Senior Vice President of Google David Drummond stated in a blog post that the search giant being a successful smartphone platform developer had drawn hostile attention from the rivals, including Apple, Oracle and Microsoft and the companies are intended to use patents to conduct patent war.

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