Microsoft and Japanese electronics maker Kyocera have settled their smartphone patent dispute.
Microsoft sued Kyocera in U.S. federal court in Seattle in March, seeking damages and an injunction preventing Kyocera from selling some of its Android-powered phones. The Android operating system was built by Google, but Microsoft says it owns the rights to some of its underlying technology.
In a familiar pattern for those who have followed Microsoft’s occasional efforts to compel Android phone makers to license its patents, the dispute was settled before a battle in open court. Microsoft on Thursday announced a patent licensing deal with Kyocera that includes rights for both companies “to use a broader range of each other’s technologies in their respective products through a patent cross license.”
The four-sentence press release ended with a statement that the other terms of the deal are confidential.
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