Microsoft ropes two more OEMs into Android patent deal

Summary:Two more OEMs sign deals with Microsoft in order to be able to use Android without fear of being sued.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO: 'Android has a patent fee. It's not like Android's free. You do have to license patents.'

Microsoft has announced that two more OEMs have signed a patent license agreement to allow them to load Android onto smartphones and tablets without fear of litigation.

The two companies are Acer and ViewSonic. The announcements are pretty basic:

"We are pleased that [INSERT COMPANY NAME]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. "This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property."

The only difference between the two deals is that the the ViewSonic announcement has this little addendum:

Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from ViewSonic under the agreement.

No mention is made of a royalty with respect to the Acer deal.

Microsoft feels it is owed money from Android, and it's collecting.

Topics: Microsoft, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Legal


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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