Microsoft's Lees defends patent stance against Android

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) executive Andy Lees said that the company is not trying to stop innovation by Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform by suing Android licensees and striking patent-licensing deals with them, but is instead trying to protect its intellectual property. Lees, Microsoft's Windows Phone chief, said at AllThingsD's Asia:D conference that Android infringes "on a whole bunch of innovations that we made."

"But we're not trying to stop it, we're just trying to make sure that we protect our intellectual property," he said, adding, "We're not here to stop competition in any way shape or form, we're simply trying to extract value from our innovations." Earlier in the conference, Andy Rubin, Google's senior vice president of mobile, said he hoped for a "patent peace where people aren't suing each other for competitive advantage." Article