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Microsoft gets $5 for every Android phone made by HTC, report says

May 27, 2011 |  5:41 pm

Getprev Microsoft Corp. receives $5 for every Android phone made by Taiwan-based HTC Corp., according to a Citigroup report on Microsoft.

The report released Friday said that Microsoft gets the money as part of a patent dispute settlement with HTC, which manufactures smartphones and tablets powered by Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is also seeking to sue other Android phone makers, the report says, and is aiming for "a $7.50 to $12.50 per unit license to settle alleged infringement of Microsoft patents."

Any settlements would bolster Microsoft's claim that Android infringes its intellectual property and could potentially squeeze the margins for Android-backed gadgets, making tablets and smartphones running on Microsoft's operating system more attractive, the report says.

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Photo: An HTC Sensation smartphone, which uses the Android operating system, is displayed during its launch in London on April 12. Credit: Simon Dawson / Bloomberg

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