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Google disagrees with Microsoft licensing deals (update)

Google disagrees with Microsoft licensing deals (update)

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said Wednesday in Taipei that he disagrees with Microsoft Corp.'s taking of royalties from some Taiwanese manufacturers using the Android or Chrome operating systems. "We disagree with Microsoft that anyone needs to pay Microsoft a royalty fee for products they didn't build," Schmidt said at a local forum. "I want to emphasize that Google built these products, not Microsoft," he said. "We tell our partners, including the ones in Taiwan, that we will support them." Android and Chrome are developed by Google, but Microsoft has demanded that Taiwanese makers pay royalties for using the platforms in their products, citing patent infringements. Schmidt also pledged that Google will continue to provide its partners with related information, patent access and knowledge to support them in similar cases. His remarks came amid ongoing patent infringement lawsuits between Taiwan's HTC Corp., a major maker of smartphones running on Google's Android system, and Apple Inc. Schmidt also said that in the fast-growing mobile market, the major concern is solving consumers' problems and growing the market rather than worrying about declining margins for some Taiwanese stakeholders in the Android ecosystem. "In general, when you have a very competitive market and you have declining margins, you have great customer value being created. So the solution is to make the market bigger," Schmidt said. "If you look at the tablets that are to be coming out of Taiwan in the next six to 12 months, the prices are phenomenally low, and that's consumers' benefit," he added. During the visit, his first to Taipei, Schmidt had a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou, who described a recent decision by Google Inc. to set up a data center in the central county of Changhua as a gesture of support for his policy of positioning Taiwan as a global hub for innovation. Schmidt was also expected to meet later in the day with several leaders in Taiwan's high-tech field, including Cher Wang of HTC Corp. and Jonney Shih of Asustek Computer Inc. (By Jeffrey Wu)