Microsoft signs Android patent deal with LG

Microsoft has signed a new agreement with a maker of Android-based devices. In a press release this morning, Microsoft revealed that LG is now the newest company to reach a deal with Microsoft over patents that cover "LG’s tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform." As usual, the specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Microsoft made patent agreements with 10 Android-based smartphone and tablet makers over the past year, including Samsung, HTC and others.  These agreements usually mean that Microsoft gets money from the sale of every Android-based product made by those companies where it has secured patent deals.

In its press release, Horacio Gutierrez, the corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said that, " ... this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio."

LG also made smartphones that were based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system, although so far it has declined to launched one based on the new Windows Phone 7.5 (otherwise known as Mango) update.

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UndergroundWire said,
Quite frankly I say Microsoft > Apple in this case.

Microsoft doesn't want to kill Android but Apple does.

They make a ton of money of Android so why kill it? As long as they can keep strong-arming companies into an agreement. You never know how a court will decide, and it's easy to pay a little, than a lot if you lose. I wouldn't say that makes them better.

farmeunit said,

They make a ton of money of Android so why kill it? As long as they can keep strong-arming companies into an agreement. You never know how a court will decide, and it's easy to pay a little, than a lot if you lose. I wouldn't say that makes them better.

It makes them better because they don't try to stop Android sales.

este said,
Why only "more than 70 percent" ? How come this percentage is not more ?

I imagine Microsoft is still working on making arrangements with those other OEM's...

In before everyone rambles out ill-informed opinions as if this isn't standard operating procedures for businesses across hundreds of industries.

Followed by rambling about how the whole patent system is broken while failing to imagine any alternative to patents that still wouldn't result in cross-license deals that would cause more of the first type of rambling.

And on and on.

LG also made smartphones that were based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system, although so far it has declined to launched one based on the new Windows Phone 7.5 (otherwise known as Mango) update.

Sounds like you missed the part where software version & hardware aren't tied on WP. Any WP7 can be updated to WP7.5, so LG phones are already running mango.

I think the idea is that there aren't any LG devices with hardware uniquely supported by the update (front-cams, and...whatever else there was; I haven't had my coffee yet).

Xenomorph said,
Microsoft is making a KILLING with Android. I wonder if they make more with Android than they do "Windows Phone".

Of course they do. It's a shame and kind of embarrassing.

UndergroundWire said,

Of course they do. It's a shame and kind of embarrassing.

There's no shame in licensing your patents and having a shower with money!

thenonhacker said,

There's no shame in licensing your patents and having a shower with money!

There is a shame when they have all this "extra" money and can't market their own phone properly. I take that back. IT IS PATHETIC!!!

thenonhacker said,

There's no shame in licensing your patents and having a shower with money!

That was Kodak's business model for the last few years. Maybe as long as a decade. Guess where they're heading...