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[4]: Wakeup call
by glarepate on Fri 9th Sep 2011 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wakeup call"
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And what will happen with the Oracle/Google Java case ?

It is probably strange to predict the demise of Android but I just don't know what to think about this case.

It's gonna be a big case that is for sure.

It's, IMO, a big case now. But I'm not sure that it's going to remain a big case.

Compare the coverage at fosspatents to that on groklaw(.net) and you will see widely divergent opinions. ZDNet tends to repackage the fosspatents stuff and call it their own.

The presiding judge has appointed a magistrate to supervise the mediation between Oracle and Google and has "strongly suggested" that the two Larrys represent their individual companies but has left that decision up to the magistrate.

He already threw out the $6.some-odd billion damages claim by Oracle and told them to submit a new one with no extra time to file it. And an awful lot of their best patent claims, after he made them reduce the number to make the case 'triable', have been tossed on re-examination by the USPTO examiner.

I can't say that I know what to make of it either at this point. But most court cases of this type don't go to trial and the outcomes of those that do (excluding SCO v World) are by no means easy to predict. I think it will become more apparent which way things are leaning once more progress toward a trial is made.

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