Microsoft and Sharp enter licensing agreement for Android devices

Microsoft has been actively pursuing Android vendors as they are infringing on the company's patents. Microsoft has announced today that Sharp is the latest vendor to sign with the company to be able to use its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technologies in its Android devices. 

Microsoft has been aggressively pursing companies that are selling Android devices using its exFAT technologies. It was speculated that Google bough Motorola for its patents to help its vendors (and itself) be protected from Microsoft patent portfolio but so far, Google has yet to successfully defend itself against the cases brought against them. Microsoft states:

Microsoft Corp. has entered into an IP licensing agreement with Sharp Corp. to use the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). The agreement covers the use of exFAT in smartphones distributed by Sharp based on the Android platform. Today’s deal marks continued momentum by Microsoft for its exFAT technology licensing program.

Microsoft is now collecting royalties every time Sharp sells an Android device and seeing how Microsoft has inked many of these agreements with several different vendors, Android is bringing in quite a bit of revenue for the company. 

Microsoft is likely far from being done pursuing Android vendors as the company works to protect its patents. We doubt this will be the last agreement we will see signed between Microsoft and Android vendors and expect to see more agreements signed in the future. 

Source: Microsoft

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well, if somebody is using their patents without the proper license, they might as well. i think the generated revenue from the android patent deals is being very helpful toward the windows phones financing.

Good article, just a 'It was speculated that Google bought Motorola...' T missing!
Is exFAT the same as FAT32 or what?

n_K said,
Good article, just a 'It was speculated that Google bought Motorola...' T missing!
Is exFAT the same as FAT32 or what?

exFAT was designed for flash-based storage, I believe.

Wow, last time I saw a Sharp product was a TV and that was like 10 years ago Didnt know they're still around and actually producing phones now?

Shadowzz said,
Wow, last time I saw a Sharp product was a TV and that was like 10 years ago Didnt know they're still around and actually producing phones now?

Mainly for the Japanese market.

Sebastian Swann said,
+1, How can you not love Microsoft

well people will just for the fact MS throws with patents.
But MS did co-develop FAT16, vFAT, FAT32, exFAT and al those. The reason Linux is using those godafwull spacewasting ext formats.

Sebastian Swann said,
+1, How can you not love Microsoft

Indeed. MS will at least happily lay down a path for using their technologies. Unlike some companies with a No Third Parties Allowed sign on their tree house door.

Sebastian Swann said,
+1, How can you not love Microsoft

Yeah I'm sure we all dream of the day when we can pay protection money to Microsoft as part of their patent racket...

Shadowzz said,

well people will just for the fact MS throws with patents.
But MS did co-develop FAT16, vFAT, FAT32, exFAT and al those. The reason Linux is using those godafwull spacewasting ext formats.

co-develop? who were the other party?

Hello,

They invented it, and unlike other companies who patent things and never bring them to market, it's in in use in things like SDXC cards. I don't see Microsoft (or anyone else) preventing anyone from creating a file system optimized for NAND flash memory and giving it away for free.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

simplezz said,

Yeah I'm sure we all dream of the day when we can pay protection money to Microsoft as part of their patent racket...