Linked by kristoph on Thu 8th Sep 2011 17:48 UTC
Legal Microsoft has announced today that it has reached patent licensing agreements with Acer and ViewSonic that cover Android smart phones and tablets. These companies join HTC [and several others] in paying Microsoft for each deployed Android device. Microsoft's strategic approach to Android is very different from Apple's. Where Apple is attempting to stop or otherwise delay the deployment of Android devices Microsoft is lining their coffers with royalties paid by OEMs for the privilege of shipping them. It's a strategy that is already generating more profit for Microsoft the its less then successful Windows Phone platform and could contribute dramatically to Microsofts bottom line going forward.
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which patents?
by JokeyRhyme on Thu 8th Sep 2011 21:14 UTC
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Microsoft has, of course, never disclosed which patents are in question.

This is just like SCO all over again, where those guys never disclosed which lines in the Linux kernel had been copied from their own property (which wasn't even their property, as it turned out).

No-one has turned around and dared to take Microsoft to court over these supposed patents. All these licence deals do is set precedents, so that larger and larger companies will have no choice but to licence as well.

Someone needs to stand their ground on this issue, find out which patents are at the heart of this matter, and have them invalidated. Or just call Microsoft's bluff. This is all just plain stupid.

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RE: which patents?
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:53 in reply to "which patents?"
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Microsoft has, of course, never disclosed which patents are in question.

They use the IBM technique. "You know that you definitely infringe on one of our X thousand patents, so why don't you just pay now"

Whereas the actual patents MS uses in the battle against Motorola are only 9!

However, like IBM's agreements, Microsoft's agreements basically are for the whole patent portfolio without the right to cherry-pick. Once you sign, the agreement stays in place regardless of the validity of those 9 patents that MS asserted against Motorola.

BTW: MS vs Motorola lawsuit includes some patents that cover core Linux related functionality in Android.

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