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Samsung Galaxy S II  (Source: Samsung)
You can run, but you can't hide from Microsoft's wrath

Samsung may be the latest, but it likely won't be the last when it comes to paying royalties to Microsoft. Google's Android operating system may be dominating the smartphone market -- putting it well of Apple's iOS and RIM's Blackberry OS -- but some manufacturers are paying the price via lawsuits and license agreements [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8].

Samsung is already feeling the pinch from Apple with regards to software and hardware design patents, and Microsoft just scored a nice steady stream of cash today from Samsung (estimated to be anywhere from $10 to $13 per Android handset/tablet) thanks to a new licensing agreement. 

Now, new statements from Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith suggest that the boys from Redmond are just getting started. “So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents,” said Smith to Kara Swisher of AllThingsD

Microsoft has already roped HTC into a licensing agreement (it even signed up Viewsonic and Acer), and bringing Samsung along for the ride covers a huge chunk of the Android devices on the market today. 

“I think there is a good chance we will look back at today and say this was the day that we reached a tipping point in the market,” Smith continued. 

For its part, a representative from Google blasted the agreement and questioned Microsoft's motives. The company released the following statement to TechCrunch:

This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.

After that response, Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s Head of Communications, took to Twitter to kick some dirt into Google’s eyes:

Given the statements from Smith and Shaw, it appears that Microsoft is just getting started with Android licensing agreements. Motorola had better watch its back, because the belly of the beast isn't quite full yet.



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RE: For those who asked
By djdjohnson on 9/29/2011 12:31:06 AM , Rating: 4
Apple doesn't own a patent on multi-touch. Stop spreading this bogus lie.

They have patents on a few aspects of their implementation of multi-touch, none of which I've seen used in a Microsoft product.


RE: For those who asked
By dark matter on 9/29/11, Rating: -1
RE: For those who asked
By Kel Ghu on 9/29/2011 7:31:57 AM , Rating: 3
Please stop showing your dumbness. People trolling around like you are tiring.

A patent on the "Implementation of Multi-Touch" is not the patent on "Multi-Touch" you fool.

And it has been refused its trademark by the USPTO: http://www.dailytech.com/Quick+Note+Apples+Tradema...


RE: For those who asked
By sprockkets on 9/29/2011 7:51:20 AM , Rating: 3
They patented the pinch to zoom gesture AND the heuristic of scrolling with your finger.

YES, it's a weak attempt to try to stop competitors from stealing their idea, BUT IT DOES EXIST. And they have sued others over it already.

Your turn.


RE: For those who asked
By someguy123 on 9/29/2011 3:21:24 PM , Rating: 1
This isn't really contrary to his post. Like he said, they have implementation patents, not a patent on the multi-touch technology itself.


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