Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:04 UTC, submitted by mbpark

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.

He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.

This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash.

Microsoft has not written a single line of Android code, yet rakes in the profits through scummy software patents. Crime does pay.

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"Yeah, because Google never heard of Microsoft and their patents when implementing Android.

But then again, Android was already implemented before Google acquired it.

Yes, but not fully (Google did modify it a lot I guess) and not that long before Google acquired it and probably after Microsoft did register their patents.

Is your point that Google should be free to use the patented technologies because it was Android (the company) which implemented the OS before the acquisition? In this case, your point is obviously not valid, because when one company acquire another company, they take the full responsibility for everything the acquired company did in the past.

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