and South Korea's Samsung Electronics (SEO:005930) are
reportedly engrossed in intense intellectual property licensing negotiations.
The talks bring to mind the old adage "the enemy of my enemy is my
While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform
competes with Android, both platforms share a common
enemy -- Apple, Inc. (AAPL).
As Apple tries
to fend off Android, it has turned to multiple lawsuits, first suing 
Taiwan's HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) (the top
Android phone maker at the time) and then
suing Samsung (currently the top Android phone maker).
As both Samsung and HTC are
also WP7 handset makers, it behooves Microsoft on multiple levels to defend
these quasi-rivals. To that end, Microsoft entered
into a patent licensing agreement with HTC last year. HTC agreed to
give Microsoft a fee for every Android handset sold. In exchange it
received the use of Microsoft's IP, which has proved a useful shield to hold
back Apple's legal harassment.
Samsung, which has a sizable IP catalog of its
own, may opt for a similar deal. The current sticking point is the
licensing fee. Microsoft wants $15 USD per Android handset sold.
Samsung, reportedly, is willing to agree to around $10 USD per handset.
If the pair can reach an agreement, Samsung could
use its new resources to further defend itself against Apple in court.
That would be good news for U.S. customers, who could lose access to
Samsung's Android lineup if Apple succeeds
in blocking imports from the Asian gadget maker.
Samsung will soon
become the world's largest phone maker, passing Microsoft's Finnish
ally, Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V).
The company is expected by analysts to have sold 3 million units of the
Galaxy S II since its late April debut, helping propel the company to total
estimated sales of 19 million units in calendar Q2 2011.
quote: apple isn't aggressively suing LG over smartphones. could this possibly be because prada actually beat the iphone to the market?
quote: The iPhone was announced with pictures Jan. 9, while the Prada wasn't until Jan. 18.
quote: It was first announced on December 12, 2006. Images of the device appeared on websites such as Engadget Mobile on December 15, 2006.
quote: The iPhone was the first large, black thin rectangular smart phone with buttons. Apple holds patents on this. Educate yourself.
quote: From Wikipedia:quote:It was first announced on December 12, 2006. Images of the device appeared on websites such as Engadget Mobile on December 15, 2006.Idiot
quote: Those weren't official pictures. They were a leak. The iPhone was in development for years and the first round of design patents were filed in mid-2006, well before the LG Prada.
quote: the local anti-Apple trolls here
quote: Those weren't official pictures. They were a leak.
quote: But Android does look an awful like iOS at first glance, as it's admittedly a copy.
quote: The only company Apple is suing that MAY be directly linked to Android is HTC, and there's no guarantee that their deal with MS will affect that. It seems that Apple is being sued by more companies than it is suing. Motorola is suing them, and they are an Android manufacturer, so maybe they are a stalking horse for Google, who knows.
quote: Microsoft too
quote: Exactly, Google has admitted this before. Microsoft too. They're both copying iOS.It wouldn't surprise me if Apple eventually sues Google and Microsoft for making knockoff operating systems.
quote: Obviously that would be a big case, so it's probably just taking some time to prepare.
quote: iOS is *nix based, steals the interface from Windows 3.1
quote: Tony Swash has posted a total of 969 comments at DailyTech, the average comment rating was 0.63.
quote: Otherwise a lot of the patents Microsoft holds against others are stupid pointless crap that should never been granted in the first place.
quote: And what does this have to do with the article - which is about Microsoft suing people
quote: That would be good news for U.S. customers