Biggest patent win ever? Microsoft's billion dollar a year Samsung deal
We knew Microsoft makes most of its mobile operating system money from Android, not Windows Phone, but a billion dollars? From one vendor?! Microsoft's good times, however, are in danger of coming to an end.
Until recently, no one knew though exactly what these companies were paying for. Microsoft refused to reveal what patents Android was violating and insisted, as part of its patent agreements, that no one else could reveal what patent pigs in a poke were actually being licensed.
M-Cam, a global financial institution that advises corporations and investors on corporate finance and asset allocation by underwriting IP and intangible assets (IA), has found in its analysis of Microsoft's Android patents that only "one fifth of [Microsoft's "Android" patent] portfolio was commercially relevant, casting doubt on the overall viability of the Microsoft licensing packages."
Muller continued, "It's also a fact that Microsoft's Android patent enforcement is now in its 49th month and the aforementioned scheduling feature is the only one of which Microsoft has proved ownership in court so far. I repeat, so far."
In the current Microsoft v. Samsung litigation, the focus is on how Microsoft's purchase of Nokia smartphone business may or may not have invalidated the Microsoft-Samsung patent agreement; however, there's little doubt that Microsoft's Android patents will be put under greater scrutiny. Sources close to the issue also indicate that they expect Microsoft's patents to be attacked directly in the court if Samsung can't evade paying the interest due on its billion dollar payment in 2013 and the invoiced, but not yet due, billion plus dollars it will owe Microsoft for 2014.