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Microsoft strikes another Android patent licensing deal

By Jos
Jan 12, 2012
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  1. Microsoft announced today it has signed a patent-licensing deal with LG covering the company's tablets, mobile phones and other devices running Android or Chrome OS. This marks the company's 11th…

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  2. bandit8623

    bandit8623 Newcomer, in training Posts: 45

    bunch of crap.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    So I gather that you prefer something like Apple's "sue everything that moves" philosophy instead?

    Licensing is the more mature approach to patent enforcement and protection, and I guarantee you it puts FAR less onto the bottom line of a company's products than excessive legal fees and long drawn-out court battles.
  4. bandit8623

    bandit8623 Newcomer, in training Posts: 45

    nope, its sad on microsofts part where they have to charge for a product that android does better and is free.

    suing and lawsuits are also stupid.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 889   +89

    I had some lengthy argument for you, but everyone asking me to root their Android phone every 4-6 months speaks for itself. WP7 is more stable, efficient, and responsive than Android.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    Just because you can do something better and free, that doesn't give you the right to infringe on patents. If you use something that someone else owns, licensing is the best approach. It's not sad, it's how business works. And, as broken as our patent system is, it still serves to keep a semblance of order and prevent rampant copying anarchy.
  7. Chazz

    Chazz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632   +59

    I agree with you. It's fact that Google has violated patents with Android. That's not a major deal, as companies do this all of the time, but they typically seek out the maker and pay them a licensing fee. Google just tried to bypass this by offering it for free.

    There are many problems with the patent system and it needs a huge reform, but this isn't want of them imo. Google is just trying to game the system which kinda sucks imo.
  8. Android has been problematic to Vendors.

    Silly Vendors !
  9. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,041   +72

    Unfortunately yRaz, it is like trying to make a cow understand fine points of music ........ that is why we read this non-sense of freeware again and again. Having used several droids (these days it is an HTC Sensation), iPhones (haven't got my hands on 4S yet) and WP phones (generally excellent performance, ease of use and stability), my personal opinion is iOS and WP are the best of the lot, android even on this sensation (hardware wise excellent platform) is unstable, e.g. since I got it it has rebooted 3 times with no apparent reason. I have found such instabilities on almost every droid I have had chance to play with. So for me, if freeware's quality is like this, it is nothing but a sh** load and half.

    Then there is small matter of stealing every patent they (Google) could get their hands on, so giving their OS for free doesn't absolve them of blame and responsibility in anyway.
  10. Wow there are a lot of MS / iOS apologists out there. Android may not have the polish of iOS yet but it certainly outshines Microsoft's offerings. Now, this is my opinion just like yours are whatever you hold near and dear. Speaking to the matter at hand. The fact is that nobody even knows what patents Microsoft holds that Android supposedly infringes on. Microsoft is using their patent holdings as shakedown tactics. While Apple just sues the hell out of everyone(except M$ because they have a deal). Google is attempting to bolster it's own patent portfolio to help protect Android vendors from these shaky business practices. Although in my opinion, the whole patent farce is getting too far out of hand when a company doesn't have to produce anything and make an estimated 450 million off someone else's hard work.
  11. Is it possible for manufacturer to sell phones without OS? just like some laptop manufacturer did. that way manufacturer dont need to pay this licensing from MS.

    and let the user install whatever they want android/WP/meego etc... etc....
     
  12. SCJake

    SCJake Newcomer, in training Posts: 80

    now why would they go and do a thing like that? oh yea. because the general populace of the world would not be able to understand the incompatibilities of such things (aka install iOS on a noncompatible device). now granted the companies would just say "we dont support that", but then they have to deal with pissed off retar- i mean general consumers all the time. Its a socialism thing. On a pure logical sense it is the best way to do things, but then you throw human beings into the mix and it all goes to sh**
  13. To all those folks trying to paint a 'Microsoft is better than Apple because it licenses instead of sues' case, GET A LIFE! First, you have to have something to license. Microsoft's claims on Android are as follows:

    1. '372 Patent (Web browser background image loading).
    2. '522 Patent (Operating system provided tabs).
    3. '551 Patent (Electronic selection with handles).
    4. '233 Patent (Annotation of electronic documents).
    5. '780 Patent (Web browser loading status icons).

    Trivial, and Barnes & Noble have shown there is prior art on most.


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