Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Apr 2010 14:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yeah, we're continuing with the mobile news for now. As it turns out, there are two ways to deal with ever increasing competition. Where Apple sued HTC, Microsoft has decided to do what it does best: they're trying to extract some form of profit out of the rising popularity of Android phones. This morning, the Redmond giant announced it signed a patent licensing agreement with HTC.
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Here's the clue...
by mrhasbean on Wed 28th Apr 2010 18:03 UTC
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Member since:
2006-04-03

The agreement expands HTC’s long-standing business relationship with Microsoft.


The likely conversation (paraphrased ;) ):

Microsoft: Hey HTC, you guys have built Windows Mobile products in the past haven't you? You'd like to do that again at some stage I gather?

HTC: Well, yer, sure.

Microsoft: So it wouldn't look good if we were suing you for infringing our IP then would it?

HTC: Umm, I suppose not.

Microsoft: Ok, we have an understanding then...

HTC have a vested interest in coming to an agreement with Microsoft, they don't with Apple. So please, believe the PR spin as you seem to do with everything Microsoft, but don't try to again make it look like something it isn't. It's business. Nothing more, nothing less. Just like Adobe and Google being in bed is business. And just like Apple these companies will put whatever spin on it they want to make it look positive in the media. None are any better than the others.

At least there are many posters here who can see the logic of that.

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RE: Here's the clue...
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 28th Apr 2010 18:08 in reply to "Here's the clue..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

At least there are many posters here who can see the logic of that.


I see you are once again busy ignoring the stuff I actually write in favour of whatever ghosts roam around in your head.

What part of "However, considering the US patent system, these Microsoft patents probably won't be any better than the mostly software-related patents Apple is using to sue HTC. Worse yet, this opens the door for Microsoft to strong-arm other Android phone makers into similar deals - potentially scaring OEMs away from using Android." is part of "the PR spin" I'm supposedly "believ[ing] as [i] seem to do with everything Microsoft"? Once again, you are talking out of your ass solely to discredit me - all because I have the audacity to dislike Apple's business practices.

I see you are continuing your smear campaign. Noted.

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RE[2]: Here's the clue...
by Windows Sucks on Thu 29th Apr 2010 00:43 in reply to "RE: Here's the clue..."
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Update: Microsoft deputy general counsel of intellectual property Horacio Gutierrez just sent us a statement saying that the company's been "talking to several device manufacturers to address our concerns relative to the Android mobile platform." We're taking that to mean the same as above: Microsoft isn't too interested in suing any of its Windows Mobile / Windows Phone partners, so it's trying to work out patent license deals with those companies in advance of any nastiness. It's an interesting strategy: patents forbid anyone from making, using, or selling your invention, so Redmond can protect its partners while still leaving open the possibility of a lawsuit with Google itself down the line. In fact, we'd almost say it seems like Microsoft's agreement with HTC is as much of a threat to Google as Apple's lawsuit -- Redmond's basically saying you can't sell an Android device without paying a license fee, and we'd bet those fees are real close to the Windows Phone 7 license fee. Clever, clever -- we'll see how this one plays out. Here's Horacio's full statement:

Microsoft has a decades-long record of investment in software platforms. As a result, we have built a significant patent portfolio in this field, and we have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to ensure that competitors do not free ride on our innovations. We have also consistently taken a proactive approach to licensing to resolve IP infringement by other companies, and have been talking with several device manufacturers to address our concerns relative to the Android mobile platform.

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