The parent company of manufacturer Foxconn has signed a deal to license Microsoft patents relating to technology used by Android and Chrome devices.
The deal with Hon Hai marks another in a string of licences that Redmond has inked over the past two years. Microsoft has signed similar licence pacts with a variety of original design manufactures (ODMs) since 2011.
"We are pleased that the list of companies benefiting from Microsoft's Android licensing program now includes the world's largest contract manufacturer, Hon Hai," said corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, Horacio Gutierrez.
"By licensing both brand name companies and their contract manufacturers, we have successfully increased the overall effectiveness and global reach of the programme."
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Licences affect patents relating to the way electronic devices navigate and display content from the web.
Foxconn is an ODM based in Asia, which manufactures devices for handset makers such as Apple, HTC, LG, and Samsung. Foxconn is said to manufacture 40 percent of all mobile phones on the market.
"Hon Hai is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer that holds more than 54,000 patents worldwide," said director of the Intellectual Property Department at Hon Hai, Samuel Fu.
"We recognise and respect the importance of international efforts that seek to protect intellectual property. The licensing agreement with Microsoft represents those efforts and our continued support of international trade agreements that facilitate implementation of effective patent protection."
ODMs, such as Foxconn, build out products from those companies. Microsoft reports that OEMs and ODMs who work together will not have to pay licence fees twice. Instead, the two groups will reportedly be able to work out agreements to figure out who pays licensee fees.
In 2011, Redmond was accused of using its patent portfolio to scare firms away from the Android platform. Before signing a deal with Microsoft, Barnes & Noble sued the firm on antitrust claims stemming from the way it used its patents.
The Android-handset maker has fought Redmond in court in a bid to not pay licence fees. Motorola was recently bought by Android's inventor Google. The backing is considered a major reason for Motorola's decision to fight against Microsoft.
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