Microsoft squeezes two more Android vendors to sign patent agreements

Microsoft has announced today that it has signed two more patent agreements with Android Vendors based out of Europe. The two companies who will now be paying royalties to Microsoft every time they sell an Android device are EINS and Hoeft & Wessel AG.

Microsoft has been aggressively pursing companies that are selling Android devices using its technologies to reclaim royalties. It was speculated that Google bought Motorola for its patents to help its vendors (and itself) be protected from Microsoft patent portfolio but so far, many Android vendors have fallen to Microsoft's patent pressure.

Microsoft is now collecting royalties every time these vendors sell 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 IP. We doubt this will be the last agreement we will see signed as Microsoft works to make it less profitable for vendors to produce Android related products.

Source: Microsoft

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Glassed Silver said,
Hoeft & Wessel build ticketing terminals and they are switching to Android in terms of which OS powers those terminals.

GS:mac

Good to know. And what do you do when switching technologies? License the new technologies you're using... lol The slant of this article is laughable.

M_Lyons10 said,

Good to know. And what do you do when switching technologies? License the new technologies you're using... lol The slant of this article is laughable.

Could you please tell me what patents they are using?

farmeunit said,

Could you please tell me what patents they are using?


Possibly FAT32 support or something?

I know that that was an issue in legal rows with some handset manufacturers not too long ago...

GS:mac

I'm sorry, I never make comments like this, but this title is full of fail. They are not "Squeezing" vendors, they are requiring that they pay royalties on patents that Microsoft owns and that they are using...

Not necessarily true bdsams. Lawsuits, lawyers, legal fees and court cost may cost more than paying royalties on the phones. The patent agreements may actually save profitability.

MS could always go the Apple route and sue every one after the fact.

Microsoft doesn't care about this money. And suing would give bad press.

The goal is to make the production of Android devices more expensive to give manufacturers a reason to eventually switch to Windows Phone. Windows Phone Store is where the money will be in the consumers market.

IMO it is as dirty as what Apple does.

soonerproud said,
Not necessarily true bdsams. Lawsuits, lawyers, legal fees and court cost may cost more than paying royalties on the phones. The patent agreements may actually save profitability.

Glad to see that SOMEONE makes since. Why does MS make everyone sign an NDA on these and never discusses the actual patent? Because it's cheaper for them to sign the agreement than to fight it. Unless someone can point the patents out they're supposedly violating . . .

farmeunit said,

Glad to see that SOMEONE makes since. Why does MS make everyone sign an NDA on these and never discusses the actual patent? Because it's cheaper for them to sign the agreement than to fight it. Unless someone can point the patents out they're supposedly violating . . .


MS doesn't want to explain so as a way of control.

interesting. if WP fails to take hold, MSFT can always just take the entire source and pull an amazon on google. that is remove all the google service crapware from android and leave the core OS. Fix all the UI problems of android and deploy their own appstore. Then give it away as a non google flavor of android but with windows services. all the apps would work, and possibly better and they still get paid from all the OEMs using google's own version.

More Microsoft hate from Milton Bradley here. MS isn't squeezing them, they are at least sitting down and working out an agreement. Unlike Apple who claimed their patent portfolio can't be licensed, yet they signed a deal with HTC. Apple is the one squeezing using the court system as leverage and losing actually.

Apple's patent portfolio is based on stuff they STOLE from everyone else and poatented because others felt such things likely were not patentable. Which most shouldnt be. Microosft is working delas based on stuff they actully invented. Name something Apple has sued for that they invented? NOTHING!!!!

Brad and that other hater Cunningham are just ****ed they are to loony to get a real job making real money. But instead have to write sensationalized garbage for a buck. HAHAHA!

TechieXP said,
More Microsoft hate from Milton Bradley here. MS isn't squeezing them, they are at least sitting down and working out an agreement. Unlike Apple who claimed their patent portfolio can't be licensed, yet they signed a deal with HTC. Apple is the one squeezing using the court system as leverage and losing actually.

Apple's patent portfolio is based on stuff they STOLE from everyone else and poatented because others felt such things likely were not patentable. Which most shouldnt be. Microosft is working delas based on stuff they actully invented. Name something Apple has sued for that they invented? NOTHING!!!!

Brad and that other hater Cunningham are just ****ed they are to loony to get a real job making real money. But instead have to write sensationalized garbage for a buck. HAHAHA!

Can you tell us what patent they are supposedly violating? If you can't, the you don't really know what you're talking about.

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