HTC buying up 4G patents

Digitimes reports that HTC, who has been on a recent buying spree, has acquire 82 patents and 14 patent applications concerning wireless communication technologies from ADC Telecommunications for US$75 million.

Recently having a war chest of patents has become increasingly important to protect companies from litigation from competitors, and while HTC already has a number of 4G products on WIMAX and LTE out, the company remains at risk from competitive obstruction.

Digitimes notes that HTC will use the patents to develop 4G smartphones mainly, and with Microsoft also showing interest in the arena we can hope some of these products will run Windows Phone 7 also.

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