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AsusTek denies Microsoft has made royalty request

2010/10/25 22:33:58

Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) Taiwan-based AsusTek Computer Inc., theworld's fifth-largest personal computer vendor, denied Monday thatMicrosoft Corp. had asked it to pay royalties on its Androidsmartphones, which the U.S. software giant said violated patents.

"We cautiously clarify that there is no such a thing, " AsusTeksaid in a filing Monday to Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp. in response toa local media report.

AsusTek said that it owned many patents itself and that it hadalways respected the protection and use of patent rights.

The Chinese-language Commercial Times reported that Microsoftsent a high-level legal officer to Taiwan to ask AsusTek and AcerInc., the world's second largest PC vendor, to pay royalties.

In a filing to the stock exchange later in the day, Acer said itcould not comment on the market speculation.

Microsoft has already received similar royalties from HTC Corp.,the world's largest maker of smartphones using Google's Androidoperating system, the report said.

Weeks ago, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Motorola Inc. "forinfringement of nine Microsoft patents by Motorola's Android-basedsmartphones."

The patents include synchronizing e-mail, calendars and contacts,scheduling meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signalstrength and battery power, the company said in a recent statement.

"Motorola needs to stop its infringement of our patentedinventions in its Android smartphones, " said Horacio Gutierrez, thecompany's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel ofIntellectual Property and Licensing, in a statement.

(By Alex Jiang)