Microsoft has persuaded a host of Android device makers to sign patent licensing deals. WIPR assesses the secrets of the company’s success and what the future might hold.
It reads like a Who’s Who of the world’s technology heavyweights: Samsung, HTC and LG. Nikon, Hon Hai and ZTE. The list goes on.
Twenty companies have inked deals with Microsoft under its Android patent licensing programme, the tech giant claiming that 80 percent of Android smartphones sold in the US and “a majority” of those sold worldwide fall under licensing agreements. Depending on the source of your information, Microsoft will earn anywhere between $430 million and $3.4 billion from the deals in 2013 alone.
Android, the operating system that powered about half a billion smartphones, tablets and PCs in 2012 and which is expected to support around 1.5 billion by 2017, is a huge cash cow for Microsoft. It may be free to use and Google-owned, but Android technology reads on Microsoft’s patents, allowing it to cut deals with Android device makers who it believes infringes the patents.
Start a subscription to WIPR for £455.
In-house feature articles, the archive and expert comment require a paid subscription. Subscribe now.
Want to give it a try? We are offering a two week free trial to the WIPR website – register and select “Free Trial” to begin access to the full WIPR archive and read the latest news, features and expert comment. Begin your free trial here.
Is your 2 week free trial about to end? Upgrade to a 12 month subscription for £455 now.
If you have already subscribed please login.
If you have any technical issues please email James Lynn on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsoft, Android, patent licensing, Google, NPEs