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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RE: which patents?
by JAlexoid on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:53 UTC in reply to "which patents?"
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

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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