Microsoft Signs Android Patent Deal with German IT Vendor

Hoeft & Wessel AG is an IT vendor building devices for public transportation

Microsoft has just managed to sign a new patent deal with IT vendor Hoeft & Wessel, with the Redmond-based technology titan to receive unspecified royalties from the German company.

Microsoft hasn’t provided too many details on the new agreement, but it’s just another effort supposed to demonstrate companies relying on Android that it’s better to sign a patent-licensing deal than to face a legal dispute at a later time.

Hoeft & Wessel is a German IT vendor that manufactures handheld devices and terminals for the public transportation, logistics and retail industries in Europe, using Android and the embedded OS.

“We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding the Android platform in a variety of industries,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, briefly said in a statement.

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