Huawei, a Chinese telecoms group, confirmed on Monday that it is in patent talks with Microsoft.
Victor Xu, Huawei’s chief marketing officer, revealed the company’s discussions with Microsoft are “in progress.” The talks relate to Huawei’s use of Google’s Android operating system in some of its products. “Yes, Microsoft has come to us,” Xu said to The Guardian in an interview on Monday. “We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65,000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android.”
Microsoft is attempting to secure royalty payments from a variety of Android manufacturers. Microsoft has previously inked patent protection deals with Wistron, General Dynamics Itronix,Velocity Micro, Onkyo, Acer, Viewsonic, Quanta and Samsung. The deals reflect Microsoft’s efforts developing new products, according to the company. Microsoft is also chasing Motorola for a similar Android patent deal. Google announced in August that it plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. Google CEO Larry Page noted at the time of the deal announcement that Microsoft and Apple are “banding together in anti-competitive patent attacks on Android.” Google hopes its move to purchase Motorola Mobility will better protect Android in the future.