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Apple and Microsoft are pretty friendly with one Android phonemaker

These days whether it’s paying big licensing fees [1][2][3] to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) or facing equally terrifying lawsuit barrages [1][2][3][4] [5][6][7][8] [9][10][11] from Apple, Inc. (AAPLlife seems pretty tough for Android OEMs, despite the operating system's sales success.

Life is pretty tough for Android phone makers, that is, except for Sony.

Japan's Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) is fortunate enough to be sitting upon a massive pile of international intellectual property.  To boot, it added over 6,000 patents to that collection when it joined with Microsoft and Apple in purchasing Nortel Networks' IP.

Sony via its wholly owned Sony-Ericsson unit, which it recently bought out, produces a number of distinctive Android smartphones including the Gingerbread-powered Xperia Play 4G (aka "The PlayStation Phone") and the "Live With Walkman" music-minded handset.

Yet Sony has had the good fortune of seeing nary a lawsuit from Apple.  Part of that could be written off to the company's relatively small share of the overall big Android pie.  It's true that Apple primarily targeted the world's top three Android smartphone makers -- Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KS:005930), HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), and Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola Mobility -- a group that Sony did not have the distinction of being part of.

But then there's the fact that Microsoft doesn't even mention Sony in its recent diagram of who it's suing and who it's cutting licensing deals with. 
 
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Look, no Sony! [Source: Microsoft]

Given that Sony's been on the market for some time now with Android product, the message seems clear -- Sony, for whatever reason, doesn't have to license from Microsoft.

Sony Xperia Play, Live With Walkman
Sony's Xperia Play 4G (left) and "Live With Walkman" (right)

It looks like Sony knows some special kung fu when it comes to smartphone IP.

Sony might not have won the Android market over quite yet with its slick designs, but with other manufacturers paying Microsoft as much as $15 USD per handset and seeing their devices banned from sales in some regions, IP-strong Sony could be poised to rise up the ranks in global sales -- assuming it can generate enough compelling product.


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By TakinYourPoints on 11/7/2011 4:30:31 PM , Rating: 0
Unlike Google and other handset manufacturers, Sony protects themselves with a very robust patent portfolio. It probably helps that they aren't blatantly copying other hardware in the same way Samsung is, but either way the protection they have is a pretty huge factor.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/7/2011 6:35:49 PM , Rating: 4
And neither is Samsung, yet, you keep bringing it up.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2011 3:31:16 AM , Rating: 1
And you keep denying it. Samsung can't even design a power adapter that isn't a blatant copy: http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/screen-...

They can't even keep from doing it in their advertising: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/10/18/sams...

It's funny how fanboys insist on defending behavior like this simply because they hate Apple. Samsung has a LONG history of doing this, Research In Motion was in court with them over the Blackjack for the same reasons before the iPhone was even introduced. Samsung is the giant corporate equivalent of Chinese knockoff makers, um, except Korean...

Have some integrity man. Props to Microsoft for going their own excellent direction with Windows Phone 7.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2011 3:35:42 AM , Rating: 1
And the main point of my post still stands: Sony has a robust patent portfolio that protects them from Apple and Microsoft, plain and simple. It is something that Google screwed the pooch on and is finally coming to grips with.


By dark matter on 11/8/2011 7:31:50 AM , Rating: 2
Look, you've gone mad, you're even arguing with yourself.

Stay off the Kool aid bro, it's sending you crazy.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2011 4:44:14 PM , Rating: 1
Oh wow, a POWER adapter! Stop the fucking presses! Get real.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/8/2011 5:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
"Get real" is the best you can do when faced with facts.

Pathetic.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/8/2011 7:41:38 PM , Rating: 2
And you have been presented with facts, and you still deny, deny, deny! You, Tony, are a joke. Apple rips off other ideas, and doesn't care, but when someone copies, or what Apple perceives as "stealing" or "cloning" , as some of you say, is ridiculous! Apple doctored photos to make the Samsung products look more like the Apple products, and that alone, should get this whole ridiculous thing thrown out. Unfortunately, the legal system is a little bit wonked, and this is what we have. You and Tony, I seriously will never understand your logic in defending a company like this, when they are trying to stifle innovation with these ridiculous lawsuits. Unless you somehow are invested financially tied, it makes no sense.


By TakinYourPoints on 11/9/2011 8:50:59 PM , Rating: 2
Haha, cry some more


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/10/2011 4:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
Cry? I am not crying over your idiocy. Laughing is more like it. You got called out, and I am crying. Please seek help, you and Tony both need some serious mental counseling and it's obvious.


By Cheesew1z69 on 11/10/2011 4:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
And the fact that you think it's OK that Apple doctored photos, claiming that they looked exactly like Apple products, is mind blowing. I believe what Apple did, is called Perjury. Which is against the LAW in most countries.


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