Microsoft in Android patent talks with Huawei

Microsoft could get even more royalty payments from another Android-based smartphone company if current negotiations go Microsoft's way. The Guardian reports that Victor Xu, the chief marketing officer for Huawei, has confirmed that it is in talks with Microsoft concerning patent agreements surrounding Huawei's Android smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft has been making patent agreements with a ton of Android-based smartphone and tablet makers over the past several months, including Samsung, HTC and others.  Microsoft gets money from the sales of every Android-based product made by those companies where it has secured patent agreements.

Xu said in an interview this week, "We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65,000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android." That would seem to suggest that Huawei is on the fence when it comes to forming a patent agreement with Microsoft.

If an agreement is signed with Huawei it could be a huge windfall for Microsoft if Huawei sells a lot of Android smarphones. Xu says, "Over the next three years we are aiming to be in the top five smartphone makers, and in the top three in the next five years. We have established very aggressive targets in the market."

So far Huawei hasn't made much of an impact here in the US with Apple, Samsung, Motorola and HTC leading the pack in terms of smartphone sales. It sounds like Huawei wants that to change very soon.

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kavazovangel said,
Honestly, who the hell are Huawei? Some Asia based corporation?

They're pretty big actually. Even my router uses their software. It's one of those giant companies that makes tons of stuff, but their brand name is largely unknown to the general public.

kavazovangel said,
Honestly, who the hell are Huawei? Some Asia based corporation?

They are my carrier's choice for 4G (HSDPA+) network equipment.

They also have a handset business which primarily use Android.

kavazovangel said,
Honestly, who the hell are Huawei? Some Asia based corporation?

They sell alot of Dual sim branded phones and they are starting to be more common here in AUS now.

kavazovangel said,
Honestly, who the hell are Huawei? Some Asia based corporation?

Huawei are growing massively. Soon they will be a household name in the West, not just China.

kavazovangel said,
Honestly, who the hell are Huawei? Some Asia based corporation?

Yes. They are a Chinese telecom corporation that was born out of China's government request to Cisco open their software so they could enter the Chinese market. They are a very big corporation and are growing very fast, They also have been in some investigations about industrial espionage (and I think they have been judged guilty in at least one case).

smooth3006 said,
who cares about wp7 sales when micro$oft are banking on every android sale!

Using $ in Microsoft's name doesn't make you cool.

smooth3006 said,
who cares about wp7 sales when micro$oft are banking on every android sale!

Not quite every sale. Motorola, B&N, Foxconn and others have not caved in. And it only takes one of them to beat Microsoft in court for the extortion fees to end.

Joey S said,

Not quite every sale. Motorola, B&N, Foxconn and others have not caved in. And it only takes one of them to beat Microsoft in court for the extortion fees to end.

No, they are agreeing to specific contracts that last a certain amount of time, even if there is a court case, it will not affect other deals already in place.

Joey S said,

Not quite every sale. Motorola, B&N, Foxconn and others have not caved in. And it only takes one of them to beat Microsoft in court for the extortion fees to end.

I've often wondered would would happen in that case. Would Microsoft be required to pay back all of the licensing fees that had been collected on their fraudulent royalty contracts?

roadwarrior said,

I've often wondered would would happen in that case. Would Microsoft be required to pay back all of the licensing fees that had been collected on their fraudulent royalty contracts?

I imagine that the agreements/contracts will run their course and simply won't be renewed.

Joey S said,

They hold no weight. Only Microsoft is viewed as money grubbing.

Uhhh according to who?
Newsflash for ya: most (if not all) .coms exist to...........thats right make $.
You can't tell me Appl€, Googl€ and R€dHat are not $ grubbing.

Thats ok, you can keep paying %50 more for your Appl€ stuff and plodding ignorantly along being Googl€'s product to sell. Maybe you have been duped by the mighty Appl€ sign or the "do no evil" slogan?

roadwarrior said,

I've often wondered would would happen in that case. Would Microsoft be required to pay back all of the licensing fees that had been collected on their fraudulent royalty contracts?

dont think so because alot of the companies never took it too court and were not ordered to pay microsoft.. they just put contracts into place with the threat of litigation.. Since its private deals that are agreed upon, microsoft can sue companies for breaking them.. Has any of the deals gone all the way to court or were the majority settled outside of court?

Lachlan said,

dont think so because alot of the companies never took it too court and were not ordered to pay microsoft.. they just put contracts into place with the threat of litigation.. Since its private deals that are agreed upon, microsoft can sue companies for breaking them.. Has any of the deals gone all the way to court or were the majority settled outside of court?

That's sort of like saying that a con man should be allowed to keep the money he took from people after he got caught by the police. In the real world, a contract like that would be null and void if it was found to be based on a lie.