Microsoft lands Android patent agreement with Wistron

July 5, 2011
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Microsoft is using agreements like the one with patent agreement it signed General Dynamic Itronix up for to its benefit. The company so far has licensed up several major companies for the patents it has relating to Android tablets. The last company to sign the patent agreement was Onkyo. Today another Android tablet maker has signed up to license the patents for tablets and other devices.

Microsoft has announced that it has signed Wistron Corp up for a patent agreement that covers a broad range of patents that Microsoft holds. Wistron is licensing the patent for tablets, mobile phones, eReaders and other consumer electronics devices that are running Android or Chrome. Neither party has disclosed the terms of the agreement. I would like to know how much money Microsoft is making off these licensing agreements.

Do you think the new costs associated with Android will keep some companies from bring Android Devices to market? HTC is rumored to be paying as much as $5 per device to Microsoft and that will certainly cut into the budget of companies big and small.

“We are pleased that Wistron is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program, established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.


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  • Atmancloud

    Man, the patent system needs to be changed. m$ is loosing this mobile war and the only way to get in the game is to bully the small kids. Hope m$ goes down under for good. You know the saying, everything comes back and bites you in the a$$.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243554885 Kyle Ray Nunes

    This is why Google bought Moto. Android was incorporated in 2003 and is a ground up gesture based Touchscreen designed OS ground up build. Moto has at least 7 Prime Patents exclusive to Android plus many patents that go back years. Microsoft is a relative newbie in phone software patents that are so generic as to be easily invalidated. Google has told their members in OHA to trust them and ride this out. To watch as Google’s actions again lead Monkey Man Balmer to again start throwing chairs at them in total disgust as Monkey Man Steve ends up walking away saying, “Curses…. foiled again”! /S 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1243554885 Kyle Ray Nunes

    This is why Google bought Moto. Android was incorporated in 2003 and is a ground up gesture based Touchscreen designed OS ground up build. Moto has at least 7 Prime Patents exclusive to Android plus many patents that go back years. Microsoft is a relative newbie in phone software patents that are so generic as to be easily invalidated. Google has told their members in OHA to trust them and ride this out. To watch as Google’s actions again lead Monkey Man Balmer to again start throwing chairs at them in total disgust as Monkey Man Steve ends up walking away saying, “Curses…. foiled again”! /S