|By Maureen O'Gara||
|April 2, 2012 07:00 AM EDT||
HTC Monday licensed patents from Intertrust Technologies, which has developed a trove of fundamental DRM and so-called trusted distributed computing IP.
Then it went a step farther than other Intertrust licensees and bought 20% of Intertrust's SyncTV subsidiary for an undisclosed sum.
SyncTV is a cloud-based video service that delivers video over the Internet to a broad set of devices, including Android, Windows Phone, Xbox, iOS and Internet-enabled televisions.
HTC has also licensed Intertrust's broadly deployed open standards-based Marlin DRM software. Marlin DRM is used to protect and manage content in various national video distribution ecosystems in Japan, China and Europe.
The broad patent arrangement is for HTC's Android and Windows Phone mobile devices. What the SyncTV business is all about is still unclear.
Samsung, Motorola and Microsoft are Intertrust licensees. Microsoft learned the hard way and wound up paying $400 million to settle an infringement suit.
On its own HTC is pretty patent-poor.
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