HTC signs up to Microsoft's Android patent plan -

Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has signed an agreement with Microsoft as part of its rather all encompassing intellectual property plan.

Under the terms of the agreement, HTC will pay royalties to Microsoft although how much and how often isn't something the software giant will disclose.

The deal, however, involves HTC phones running Google's Android software, so we're sure the fine print would be very interesting indeed. Unfortunately Microsoft hasn't sent us a copy.

Horacio Gutierrez, a lawyer who works at Microsoft, said that HTC and Microsoft have had a long history of technical and commercial collaboration. Don't mention Sendo, Horacio.

Since December 2003, Microsoft has entered into over 600 licensing agreements with its partners.