Microsoft, HTC widen patent agreement

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Microsoft and Taiwanese handset maker HTC are expanding a patent agreement through which Microsoft will now provide coverage for HTC's Android phones under the software giant's patent portfolio.

Android phones have grown to become an important part of HTC's business, patent coverage for which it's willing to pay Microsoft royalties, the two companies said.

"HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today's agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property," Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft, said in a statement. "We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC."