While Google insists that Microsoft doesn\u2019t own intellectual property included in its Android operating system, manufacturers who make Android devices think its smarter to pay Microsoft royalties on disputed patents than to get entangled in court cases.The latest: the parent company of Foxconn, which builds the lion\u2019s share of Android devices, has agreed to pay license fees to Microsoft for every phone, tablet and television based on either Android or Google\u2019s other operating system, Chrome, according to a statement\u00a0issued by Microsoft.DISPUTE: The Microsoft\/Android war: Which patents are at stake?\u00a0TEST YOURSELF: The Windows 8 quiz\u00a0The agreement with Foxconn\u2019s parent company Hon Hai is significant because Foxconn is so large, making 40% of all mobile phones as well as other devices that are sold by vendors of brand-name devices such as Apple and Acer. \u00a0Some of the patents involved deal with arcane areas such as implementing both long and short file names in the same file system, a monitoring system that determines when to erase data from flash memory devices and cellular technology that lets\u00a0applications issue commands without needing knowledge of the phone\u2019s underlying radio structure or specific knowledge of the radio network's specific commands.Hon Hai's not the only manufacturer to pay up. Compal and Wistron also license Microsoft technology as do device vendors Acer, HTC and Samsung.Microsoft and Google are embroiled in patent suits that dispute whether Microsoft patents cover intellectual property included in Android. Apple has a similar beef.Apparently it makes good business sense to pay Microsoft\u2019s per-device license fees as they go along rather than get stuck with a big bill later if Microsoft wins its lawsuit against Google.Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the\u00a0Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at\email@example.com\u00a0and follow him on\u00a0Twitter@Tim_Greene.More on Microsoft:Microsoft lures Windows XP business customers to Windows 8 with a 15% discount\u00a0Microsoft Hotmail, Outlook, SkyDrive problems could hurt customer confidenceMicrosoft seeks to capture a generation of Office 365 usersMicrosoft could pay billions for running afoul in Europe\u00a0Should Azure customers worry about reliability?Windows 8 guru names the top 8 trends at CES\u00a0Windows 8 portables to get inexpensive, long-lived by Xmas 2013?\u2018Christmas gift for someone you hate: Windows 8\u2019Rumored follow-ons for Surface tablets; reduced orders for original SurfaceMicrosoft buys a starring role for its Surface tablet on TV\u2019s 'Suburgatory'