Aluratek and Coby sign Android-based patent deals with Microsoft

Microsoft has been signing patent deals in the last year with quite a few companies that make Android smartphones. This week, two more of these businesses have signed on the dotted line.

Microsoft revealed that Aluratek and Coby Electronics have reached separate agreements to use Microsoft's patents in their Android and Chrome OS-based devices. As usual, Microsoft did not give the specifics of either of these deals, saying only that Aluratek and Coby will each send Microsoft a royalty for each of their devices that they sell.

In the past, Microsoft has made similar deals with companies like Samsung, LG and others. It also signed a deal with Barnes and Noble for its Android-powered Nook tablet that also lead to a much bigger deal that will generate, among other things, a Windows 8-based Nook app in the future.

Microsoft has reportedly been reaping the benefits of these patent agreement deals with these smartphone companies that use the Android OS. According to a Business Insider article from earlier this year, Microsoft is estimated to get between $3 to $5 for every Android device sold from the companies which have signed these patent deals. These agreements give Microsoft an additional $444 million in annual revenue, according to the article.

Source: Microsoft Aluratek and Coby press releases

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simplezz said,
Disgusting. Microsoft is a patent troll.

Let me guess, you approve of Google being a patent troll and suing Microsoft for billions?

simplezz said,
Disgusting. Microsoft is a patent troll.

Misguided troll.
Microsoft allow Android to exist in a manner that's fair for all parties involved.
If Google won't stand up for companies who implement their patent infringing OS, someone should.
This protects these licensees from being sued by real patent trolls.

nohone said,

Let me guess, you approve of Google being a patent troll and suing Microsoft for billions?

That is in one lawsuit, and has less to do with trolling that to prove a point to Microsoft, I would say. How many other lawsuits has Google file, compared to Microsoft?

deadonthefloor said,

Misguided troll.
Microsoft allow Android to exist in a manner that's fair for all parties involved.
If Google won't stand up for companies who implement their patent infringing OS, someone should.
This protects these licensees from being sued by real patent trolls.

What patents are they REALLY infringing on. Can you show an example? All these deals they make, no one can disclose the details, so I would like to know.

farmeunit said,

That is in one lawsuit, and has less to do with trolling that to prove a point to Microsoft, I would say. How many other lawsuits has Google file, compared to Microsoft?


So it is bad for Microsoft to be a "patent troll" but OK for Google to do it? If it is bad for one company to do something, then it is bad for all companies to do it, and making excuses for Google to do it, doesn't make up for what you term as bad.
As for the number of law suits, you tell me. Microsoft has not filed any legal action against any of the Android manufactures that I am aware of. Microsoft tries to negotiate with them first to reach a agreement.


What patents are they REALLY infringing on. Can you show an example? All these deals they make, no one can disclose the details, so I would like to know.

So what you are really saying is that all these Android device manufacturers are being extorted? If Microsoft goes to a company and says they want money for violating patents, but does not show those companies what patents they are violating, I doubt the company would say "You didn't show me any evidence, but since you said we are violating them so we must be - here is a bunch of money." No, they would say get lost. Microsoft does not need to show you what patents other companies are violating, unless it progressed to the court level, where they may need to open up the list for public disclosure. They don't need to show you anything, it is a matter between Microsoft and the company they are negotiating with, and if you think that you are owed a list of patents for whatever reason, you are simply wrong.

simplezz said,
Disgusting. Microsoft is a patent troll.

Actually Microsoft have been playing fair with Google and oem that use android, the same can not be said for Google and Motorola with their licensing agreements. Microsoft could of killed android off if they played by the same rules as google.

korupt_one said,

Actually Microsoft have been playing fair with Google and oem that use android, the same can not be said for Google and Motorola with their licensing agreements. Microsoft could of killed android off if they played by the same rules as google.

If so? Why are they trying to hard to kill Android?

siah1214 said,
Microsoft makes more money off of Android than they make off of Bing or Windows phone. Kind of funny.

They might even make more money then Google makes off of android.

Melfster said,
They might even make more money then Google makes off of android.

Microsoft definitely make more money on Android, since Google bank on the Market and services platform, rather than charging for the OS.

Melfster said,

They might even make more money then Google makes off of android.

Probably not... Google's user data collection rate of return is rather high, especially as they expanded beyond just advertising and selling trend data and using trend data to predict and even subvert the market.

Google also has moved into high 'value' data sales to corporations and governments, and when Google is essentially acting as the NSA for a small country with money, it is a lucrative business.

thenetavenger said,

Probably not... Google's user data collection rate of return is rather high, especially as they expanded beyond just advertising and selling trend data and using trend data to predict and even subvert the market.

Google also has moved into high 'value' data sales to corporations and governments, and when Google is essentially acting as the NSA for a small country with money, it is a lucrative business.

While what you say is deliberately worded to sound scary, it is in fact not. Google may well sell anonymised data to third parties, but it doesn't sell personal details. No information they provide to 3rd parties can be used to personally identify you, and they state in their user agreement that they will never do so without your explicit consent. The only exception to this rule is of course government subpoenas, which sits outside of their control (this, however, applies to ALL companies, including Microsoft, Facebook et al).