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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I'm doubtful because

You just don't like Microsoft?

1)if the patents were strong, why not disclose them?

Patents are public. Details of the license agreements, lawsuits, and settlements are not always.

2)they have never been tested in court

Sure they have.

3)MS didn't contribute to Android

Sure they did.

4) how likely is it that a company that 's been struggling for years with it's own mobile OS, would hold patents for a different (but highly successful) OS?

Very likely when we're talking about software patents.

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