Microsoft targets Asus and Acer in Android patent battle

Microsoft has been eying a patent lawsuit against Taiwan-based companies Asus and Acer. The reasoning behind this is due to a number of patents that Microsft believe are being infringed upon in regards to Android-based hardware. Just last month, Microsoft launched a lawsuit against Motorola's use of its patents in their Android Hardware.

The report came in Taiwan's Commercial Times newspaper, and although Asustech is already denying it, Acer has yet to make any comment on the validity of the news.

This is another in a long line of mobile phone operating system and hardware battles making their way through the courts at the moment. Already, Apple has targeted HTC in a move against Android, while Oracle has also stated that they were not happy with what they say was Java code found in the operating system.

Microsoft had previously announced that it would be licensing their patent portfolio to HTC for use in their Android phones, thus avoiding lawsuits like these.

It will be some time before we hear the results of these cases and it does make you wonder how both Asus and Acer, who have been great at pushing Windows based hardware in the computing market, will react to Microsoft's legal attack.

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Actually, Asus WP7 proto was really good, I was expecting those 3 models. They were looking similar to the one used in the MS demos for WP7. Acer/Asus both should release WP7 handsets.

I feel WP7 is going to be available as a laptop like configurable one in next 1 yr from Dell, HTC and others.

I would like to see Thosiba, Asus, Acer & HP too release few WP7 handsets. They'll realize WP7 is here to stay in next few months.

Companies producing android based devices can easily boycott microsoft products. That is how you fire back, hit them where it hurts - their wallet.

Flawed said,
Companies producing android based devices can easily boycott microsoft products. That is how you fire back, hit them where it hurts - their wallet.

Sure. So while Windows Phone 7 devices fly of the shelves, a company will boycott it.

What I don't understand is why these patent suits are so much more prevalent in the tech industry than anything else. Why are these companies allowed to patent absolutely anything and everything even if its just a natural evolution or product design based on someone elses work, or so generic and vague it could be applied to anything. I mean, look at cars, they all have the same basic accessories, storage options, lights, safety features, blah blah blah. Even if those were patents, they still manage to get along and play nice without being in the news every week for their newest suit. *shrug*

These patent suits don't seem to phase these companies anymore. They just agree to share their patent portfolio and that's that... Or pay a license fee in some cases too. I don't think this will affect Microsoft's relationship with Acer or Asus.

maybe they are upset that these companies didnt have and WP7 devices ready for launch..

seems to me like microsoft and HTC are getting nice and cozy these days as well

Lachlan said,
maybe they are upset that these companies didnt have and WP7 devices ready for launch..

seems to me like microsoft and HTC are getting nice and cozy these days as well


Microsoft probably wanted to sue HTC as well. But I guess they settled before it came to a lawsuit.

/- Razorfold said,

Microsoft probably wanted to sue HTC as well. But I guess they settled before it came to a lawsuit.

The only reason Microsoft didn't sue HTC, and instead licensed some of their patents to them, is because HTC sells a ton of phones these days. They make attractive hardware and a beautiful custom UI for phones. Microsoft is playing nice with them because they want HTC to eventually favor WP7 instead of Android. Its a good strategy. I actually hope it works for Microsoft.

How does a company keep track of all these patents? No matter what you do it seems you're violating someone else's patent, even if they don't have a product on the market.

tele-fragd said,
How does a company keep track of all these patents? No matter what you do it seems you're violating someone else's patent, even if they don't have a product on the market.

You violated a patent by posting this.

The patent is "The act of posting text on the web".

LaP said,

You violated a patent by posting this.

The patent is "The act of posting text on the web".

more like "the idea of the act of converting into electronic data and sending a visual representation of ideas to a online server based at an off site location through the internet."

LaP said,

You violated a patent by posting this.

The patent is "The act of posting text on the web".

LOL, and that's pretty much how ridiculous it's become...