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Google lawyer: Microsoft patent hype is because WP7 is failing

Google lawyer: Microsoft patent hype is because WP7 is failing

Google's patent counsel has accused Microsoft of aggressively using patent licensing as a stand-in for product innovation, suggesting that Android OEMs have been pressured into cutting deals with Microsoft because the company is afraid its own products have been "marginalized." Lawyer Tim Porter told SFGate that he did not feel Android development had been impacted by the multiple lawsuits going on around intellectual property in mobile, but was concerned that "the more people get distracted with litigation, the less they'll be inventing."

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Samsung signs Microsoft patent licensing deal over Android

Samsung signs Microsoft patent licensing deal over Android

Microsoft and Samsung have announced a cross-patenting deal that will see the Korean firm pay royalties for every Android smartphone and tablet it sells, as well as greater collaboration on Windows Phone devices. The license agreement - which Microsoft describes as evidence of "a clear path forward" for Google and others who have complained of the impact of patents on Android's development - means that Microsoft collects cash from two of the largest Android device producers around, Samsung and HTC, leaving Motorola as the obvious missing link.

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Acer and ViewSonic agree to Microsoft patent licensing deal

Acer and ViewSonic agree to Microsoft patent licensing deal

Acer and ViewSonic are the latest companies to cough up their Microsoft tax, agreeing to pay the company in return for the freedom to use technologies the Windows maker has patented. Acer's agreement covers its Android devices, while ViewSonic's covers both Android and Chrome OS; we're presuming this means the company is still considering putting the Google platform on dual-boot tablets, as first suggested back at the ViewPad 100 launch.

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Wistron signs Microsoft patent agreement for Android gadgets

Wistron signs Microsoft patent agreement for Android gadgets

For most of the time that Android has been on the market people have thought of Android as free. Google doesn't charge for the OS so the thought was all the maker needed to do was get the hardware and sell the device. Microsoft started pointing out a few months back that Android isn’t free, there are patent licensing fees that go along with it.

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Microsoft patent app for sweet remote control surfaces

Microsoft patent app for sweet remote control surfaces

There are a bunch of tech inventions that most of us couldn't live without. Things like the mobile phones, the DVR, and the remote control. Back in the days before the remote control, you had to do the unthinkable, get up and walk across the room to change channels. Or do like my dad and make your kids change channels for you.

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HTC license Microsoft patents for Android devices [Updated with Microsoft statement]

HTC license Microsoft patents for Android devices [Updated with Microsoft statement]

Microsoft have announced that they've signed a patent agreement that will see Microsoft IP in use on HTC Android devices.  The specific patents themselves are unnamed - Microsoft only confirm that the agreement "provides broad coverage" across their portfolio - but one assumption is that HTC are hoping to prevent further legal battles such as that currently ongoing with Apple.  For instance, Altimeter Group analyst (and SlashGear columnist) Michael Gartenberg reckons that the agreement will redefine the notion of Android being a "free" platform, since device manufacturers will have to take care to protect themselves from litigation.

Updated after the cut (and Update 2 with official Microsoft statement)

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Microsoft patent intelligent cradle to turn a smartphone into a PC

Microsoft patent intelligent cradle to turn a smartphone into a PC

Microsoft are attempting to patent a so-called Smart Interface System whereby a smartphone could be docked and used as a basic PC with full-size peripherals.  The application, titled "Smart interface system for mobile communication devices", describes an intelligent cradle that acts as an interface between the mobile device and the peripherals; it's this cradle that sets the Microsoft idea apart from previous, ostensibly similar inventions.

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Microsoft patent Pay-Per-Use computer model

Microsoft patent Pay-Per-Use computer model

Microsoft have attempted to patent a pay-per-use computer model, wherein users would receive a free (or heavily subsidized) PC and be charged ongoing fees depending on tasks it was used to complete.  The patent, titled "Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience", was filed on June 21st 2007 and published on December 25th; it describes a machine with "scalable performance level components and selectable software and service options" including throttled processor, memory and graphics controller, the speed of which could be balanced against the cost per use. 

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