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Microsoft grabs 800+ AOL patents in $1bn deal

Microsoft grabs 800+ AOL patents in $1bn deal

Microsoft has bought over 800 of AOL's patents, plus signed a patent licensing agreement, in a deal worth $1.056 billion in cash the companies have confirmed. Expected to close by the end of 2012, the sale will see AOL keep hold of over 300 patents and patent applications - which Microsoft will be allowed to use under a non-exclusive license - as well as reward shareholders with "a significant proportion" of the proceeds.

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Microsoft abandons German hub over Motorola patent threat

Microsoft abandons German hub over Motorola patent threat

Microsoft may have succeeded in getting Motorola investigated by the EC over potential antitrust behavior, but the company is still shifting operations from Germany over fears of patent-based attack. The company's European distribution center has, until now, been in Germany and operated by logistics specialist Arvato but, Microsoft has confirmed, "the risk of disruption from Motorola's patent litigation" in the country means it will be moved to the Netherlands.

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Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

I'm betting this is really good news for smartphone makers. Open-source poster boy Linus Torvalds stepped up and helped stop a Microsoft patent from being used to choke licensing fees out of other companies. The patent Microsoft owns is being used to force Google Android and Linux handset users to pay licensing fees.

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Microsoft gaming helmet revealed in patent

Microsoft gaming helmet revealed in patent

It wasn’t too long ago that we learned Google were working on special glasses that would bring smartphone like functionality to your eyes. Most notably, Google were aiming to heavily feature augmented reality, overlaying information onto the real world as you wear the glasses. Now a patent reveals that Microsoft may be working on similar concepts: one designed to be a gaming helmet, with another posing as a pair of sunglasses to be used with a smartphone.

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Motorola grabs for Microsoft’s Windows in patent dispute

Motorola grabs for Microsoft’s Windows in patent dispute

Microsoft has Android device makers by the short and curlies when it comes patent fees. Virtually all manufacturers who are creating Android smartphones and tablets license patents from Microsoft. It seems like Microsoft is set to get a taste of its own medicine from Motorola. Apparently, a German court appears set to side with Motorola in a patent dispute that has to do with patents used for video compression and decompression technology. Microsoft is allegedly using patented tech in some of its most important and popular products.

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Pantech next to pay Microsoft over Android patents

Pantech next to pay Microsoft over Android patents

Microsoft has successfully sought royalty payments from a number of Android device makers and the next company that will likely pay up is Pantech, South Korea's third largest handset manufacturer. According to Yonhap News, Pantech is currently in talks with Microsoft regarding the patent usage in its Android smartphones but the details have not been finalized yet.

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LG signs patent deal: Microsoft collecting fees from 70% of Android OEMs

LG signs patent deal: Microsoft collecting fees from 70% of Android OEMs

LG has become the latest Android device manufacturer to ink a deal with Microsoft of patent licensing, as the software giant continues to leverage its IP portfolio to squeeze cash out of those using Google's platform. The agreement covers all of LG's tablets, phones and "other consumer devices" which run either Android or Chrome OS. LG is the eleventh Android and/or Chrome OS device manufacturer to concede to Microsoft's licensing terms, something the company is quick to crow about.

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