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Microsoft: patent troll or smart business?

Karen Bolipata, New York


Microsoft’s 10th licensing agreement with Compal means it has patent deals with more than half of Android vendors. Does this mean it is becoming a patent troll?

In a blog post last week, the company's general counsel Brad Smith and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez indicated that it has signed 1,133 patent licence agreements.

Microsoft also has spent $4.5 billion licensing patents of other companies.


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