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Microsoft chart: Android patent deals outpacing disputes

 

Microsoft chart: Android patent deals outpacing disputesAsserting its latest patent agreement with an Android device maker, Microsoft over the weekend released a series of statistics and charts making the case that its Android licensing initiatives are succeeding, even if litigation will get extra consideration.

Microsoft chart: Android patent deals outpacing disputes“Whereas lawsuits might dominate lots of the headlines, these are being overtaken by the variety of license agreements being signed. At this level, the quick tempo of licensing is reshaping the authorized panorama for smartphone patents,” wrote Microsoft executives Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez in a weblog submit accompanying news of the latest licensing deal with Compal Electronics.

The corporate drew up the chart above to assist make its level. Additionally notable: The corporate says it now “has license agreements in place with OEMs that account for 53 p.c of all Android smartphones in the USA.”

That stated, the chart additionally exhibits that some key authorized battles stay to be resolved, and a loss for Microsoft, Apple or Oracle can be a setback for his or her broader campaigns.

Google’s chief authorized officer, David Drummond, spoke out in August in opposition to what he known as “a hostile, organized marketing campaign in opposition to Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and different corporations, waged by bogus patents.”

Of their submit this weekend, the Microsoft execs had this to say …

“For individuals who proceed to protest that the smartphone patent thicket is simply too troublesome to navigate, it’s previous time to get up. As Microsoft has entered new markets from the enterprise to the Xbox, we’ve put collectively complete licensing packages that deal with not solely our personal wants however the wants of our clients and companions as effectively. As our latest agreements clearly present, Android handset producers at the moment are doing the identical factor. In the end, that’s a great path for everybody.”

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