Half of all Android devices have entered into patent agreements with Microsoft

While Google continues to figure out how to stop the Microsoft patent train, Microsoft has landed yet another patent agreement with Compal, as announced by Microsoft. For those keeping score at home, that's nine agreements in four months and most notably, this signifies that "half of all Android devices have now entered into patent license agreements with Microsoft".

That noise you hear is Google swearing as Microsoft is now profiting on more than half of all Android devices being sold, kudos to Microsoft for finally finding a way to make money in the mobile phone segment. Although, Google is trying to find a way to protect Android with its acquisition of Motorola, but so far, that has done little to stop Microsoft on its crusade. 

With this latest bit of news, it would look like Microsoft is not even close to being done with it's patent agreement negotiations. The chart above shows Microsoft agreements in green and the red lines show who Microsoft is currently in talks with. There are some large names on the list, most notably Motorola, Foxconn and Barnes & Noble.

While Google may have a hit on its hands with Android, Microsoft has found a way to profit from the platform as well. It will be interesting to see how and when Google finds a work-around to rid its partners of these fees. But until then, Microsoft will continue to profit off of Android. 

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Majesticmerc said,

Why? So that Microsoft can continue to make money from their competitors products?


Er... Or maybe make money off of their patents and IP that weren't Google's to steel?

M_Lyons10 said,

Er... Or maybe make money off of their patents and IP that weren't Google's to steel?

If you're going to spam about Google like this, at least spell the words 'steal' and 'thieves' right.

Tweaky Nippleton said,

If you're going to spam about Google like this, at least spell the words 'steal' and 'thieves' right.

Oh grow up. This silly nonsense gets real old. First, I was typing on my phone. Second, I'm hardly "spamming" when these companies are clearly in agreement that they're in violation of Microsoft's IP. If not, they wouldn't now be licensing said IP... It's not that complicated...

M_Lyons10 said,
Oh grow up. This silly nonsense gets real old. First, I was typing on my phone. Second, I'm hardly "spamming" when these companies are clearly in agreement that they're in violation of Microsoft's IP. If not, they wouldn't now be licensing said IP... It's not that complicated...

Or, you could grow up and learn to spell properly so that people might actually want to take you seriously. Also, yes you're spamming. You've basically repeated the exact same thing (with different words) what, 3 times in this very comments section. We get it. You feel Google is a "thief" and they "stole" something or other.

Let me break it down for you, they've all "stolen" something in order to get a head. You are delusional if you think Microsoft or any other company in the tech world for that matter hasn't stolen something at some point to be where they are. The problem isn't stealing, the problem is monopolies like Microsoft and Apple who believe they have the right to own everything and anything that has to do with technology.

nekkidtruth said,

Or, you could grow up and learn to spell properly so that people might actually want to take you seriously. Also, yes you're spamming. You've basically repeated the exact same thing (with different words) what, 3 times in this very comments section. We get it. You feel Google is a "thief" and they "stole" something or other.

Let me break it down for you, they've all "stolen" something in order to get a head. You are delusional if you think Microsoft or any other company in the tech world for that matter hasn't stolen something at some point to be where they are. The problem isn't stealing, the problem is monopolies like Microsoft and Apple who believe they have the right to own everything and anything that has to do with technology.

You are absolutely right, Microsoft has stolen stuff from other companies.
Those companies took MS to court and they had to pay up. Everybody cheered!!!!

Now when MS says that Google is stealing from them everybody has an issue with it?!?

M_Lyons10 said,
Oh grow up. This silly nonsense gets real old. First, I was typing on my phone. Second, I'm hardly "spamming" when these companies are clearly in agreement that they're in violation of Microsoft's IP. If not, they wouldn't now be licensing said IP... It's not that complicated...

Tis a tad rich coming from you. You don't even know what your talking about.

Insanemal said,

Tis a tad rich coming from you. You don't even know what your talking about.


Really? You think a company like Samsung thats 3-4x the size of Microsoft and has no problem with counter-suing Apple will just happily bend over and take it from MS?

Yeah ok.

/- Razorfold said,

Really? You think a company like Samsung thats 3-4x the size of Microsoft and has no problem with counter-suing Apple will just happily bend over and take it from MS?

Yeah ok.

Supposed size has nothing to do with it. The fact is MS are making claims.. For some reason nobody is willing to test them.. Possibly because in most peoples minds MS invented everything. The perception of the court will hold a lot of weight in this kind of case and Software patents are a clusterbomb of fail, lose and aids. They are often far too generic and cover things that if it wasn't for it having something to do with a computer would not be patentable.

So you really think Samsung would just shell out millions of dollars for no reason? Really?

And this isn't "supposed" size. Samsung's REVENUES are 3-4x more than Microsoft's. And they've shown with the Apple lawsuit that they have problem with suing / counter suing companies.

So please explain to me why Samsung wouldn't just sue Microsoft if they were just demanding money for no reason?

/- Razorfold said,
So you really think Samsung would just shell out millions of dollars for no reason? Really?

And this isn't "supposed" size. Samsung's REVENUES are 3-4x more than Microsoft's. And they've shown with the Apple lawsuit that they have problem with suing / counter suing companies.

So please explain to me why Samsung wouldn't just sue Microsoft if they were just demanding money for no reason?

Exactly. Yet I'm the villain because the Google fanbois need someone to yell at. Come on. And I stand by my statement that people need to grow up. If they can't recognize that a company like Samsung wouldn't just give them millions of dollars for no reason whatsoever, I honestly don't know what to say. Samsung has shown that they are not a company that is afraid of a lawsuit. They're in a legal battle currently with one of their biggest customers (Where they risk losing a heck of a lot more than if they were to fight Microsoft on the Android Patent Issue). So if they are settling and making licensing arrangements for these patents, there is something to it. It's not some vague or unnecessary patent clearly. If it were, they would have reworked things as they did in their battle with Apple already. But yet the Google fans would argue that Microsoft doesn't have a right to these patents and that everything should be freely available to Google to do whatever it is they please. It's outrageous and absurd. So yes, people need to grow up and look at this unemotionally. Google did a lot of things wrong with Android (Legally), and now they and their partners have to deal with that. If they'd done things properly, like, I dunno, license patents they were going to be using, not directly ripping code from Java, maybe not developing a mobile OS while the CEO was privy to intellectual property and trade secrets while on the board of Apple, etc., etc., they wouldn't be in the situation they're in. There really isn't a whole lot that they did ethically here.

Edited by M_Lyons10, Oct 24 2011, 2:36pm :

Cash Money Billionaire said,
Thats what you have to resort to when you cannot innovate and have a 1% market share

LOL.

"microsoft can't innovate"
LMAO.

pretty stupid comment.

i sense that you are a kind of a person that will buy android based phone, just to show that apple is over rated, and microsoft is the root of all evil.

and google invented pc, and the internet, even the iphone itself, which apple stole.

go educate yourself, microsoft is an empire of important (sometimes unmatched) computer technology.

to repeat what you heard, without thinking, is pretty stupid.
so, your comment has been revoked.
bing!

I think this is the only way Microsoft can make any money, since imho WP7 hasn't been that great of a hit. Plus, to eliminate the competition, is what Microsoft tends to do anyway. Hence, why they are always buying companies.

KomaWeiss said,
Hence, why they are always buying companies.

You know that buying other companies is part of todays business, right? It's not like Microsoft is the only one doing it. Hell please show me one company that doesn't do that…

MFH said,

You know that buying other companies is part of todays business, right? It's not like Microsoft is the only one doing it. Hell please show me one company that doesn't do that…

Yeah, I know, that companies do it all the time, but Microsoft buys ones, that they are competing against, to eliminate the competition.

KomaWeiss said,

Yeah, I know, that companies do it all the time, but Microsoft buys ones, that they are competing against, to eliminate the competition.


As do Google, Apple,… Nothing special here…

FYI, Microsoft didn't invent everything, they just bought up all the tech companies that did and now they own it, that's they way it goes. Google and its fanboys are just mad because MS beat them too the punch. The funny part is MS bought this stuff up years ago because they knew it would come into play eventually, and now they have a payday.

At least they aren't simply suing everyone like another phone manufacturer in the United States that goes by the name of a fruit.

Nashy said,
At least they aren't simply suing everyone like another phone manufacturer in the United States that goes by the name of a fruit.

LMAO! Best one yet in this story.

First the story is talking about half of the android based devices have patent agreements with MS and now most of the last comments are about MS buying companies? Since when did MS buy Samsung or HTC? Can't remember that actually =/ You know...It's funny actually. People who buy android based phone just because they hate MS and WP7 so muuuch are actually doing MS a favour anyway..

Sick and tired of reading this "MS IS THE EVIL OF ALL MANKIND" kind of ****.

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