Monday, July 4, 2011

Microsoft v Android, using patents

The Register has an unsurprising article about Android device maker GDI entering into a licensing agreement with Microsoft. But this seems to be another case one company using patents to threaten lawsuits with another company. From the article:
It's likely Microsoft approached General Dynamics Itronix and said Android violated its patents and then asked for royalties to settle the matter. And it seems the OEM agreed to agree. Others have not: Microsoft has lodged legal actions against Motorola claiming the Android-based Droid X and Droid 2, along with other handsets, violate nine of the company's software patents. Microsoft is also taking action against Barnes & Noble, Invetec, and Foxconn International over alleged patent infringements by the Android-based Nook e-reader sold by Barnes & Noble.
We've discussed Microsoft's similar license deal (with HTC) before.

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