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HTC & Samsung License Nathan’s Patents

They get rights to IV’s portfolio of more than 30,000 IP assets

Both HTC and Samsung Electronics have cut long-term licensing agreements with ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures Management LLC (IV).

They get rights to IV's portfolio of more than 30,000 IP assets to defend themselves against potential litigation though what exactly IV's got in the way of smartphone IP.

Terms were not disclosed.

It's unclear how the IV IP could help HTC with the Apple suit against HTC's Android phones since Apple is an investor in IV. Maybe HTC's expecting more trouble since according to IV the deal is meant to migrate HTC's IP risk. Of course, they could always be paying for protection from IV.

HTC has also been named in suits by Gemalto and NTP. After it was sued by Apple, HTC cut a patent license with Microsoft in the name of its Android phone.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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