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Pantech in patent talks with Microsoft over smartphone

All Headlines 15:43 January 16, 2012

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- Pantech Co., South Korea's No. 3 handset maker, said Monday it is in talks with Microsoft Corp. over whether to pay royalties to the U.S. firm for its patent for Android smartphones.

Microsoft has been requesting Android handset makers to pay fees for using several of its patents in their devices, which tap free software from Google Inc.

"We are in talks with Microsoft over the patent use, but specific details have not yet been decided," a company spokesman said.

Samsung Electronics Co., South Korea's tech behemoth, and its rival LG Electronics have joined HTC Corp., Asia's second-largest smartphone maker, and other Android platform-based phone makers in clinching patent cross-licensing deals with Microsoft.

Pantech unveiled its first tablet computer and long-term evolution technology-based smartphones at a recent consumer electronics device trade show in the U.S.


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