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Chinese company Huawei is the latest to find itself on the end of a chase from Microsoft over royalty payments from its Android products.

They confirmed on Monday that "negotiations are in progress" over licensing the patents Microsoft claims Android infringes upon. Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer for Huawei said of the news, "We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android."

It's hard to see how Huawei may fare better than HTC did in a similar situation, and so the Microsoft train continues to roll along.

Source: The Guardian


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Microsoft now chasing Huawei for another licensing deal


And again, we have to point out that these phones all use Fat32, many, if not most of them use MTP. I'm sure there are 5 or 7 other common things in phone software that Microsoft has a legitimate right to license.

There is simply no reason to presume there is anything nefarious going on here.

But hey, tin foil is cheap and malleable.

And if you still want to believe in evil, take a look at this article in the Seattle Times:

Barnes & Noble is asking the Department of Justice to review whether Microsoft's patent-licensing agreements with makers of Android devices are anti-competitive.

"Microsoft is embarking on a campaign of asserting trivial and outmoded patents against manufacturers of Android devices," attorney Peter Barbur said in an Oct. 17 letter to a DOJ official. "Microsoft is attempting to raise its rivals' costs in order to drive out competition and to deter innovation in mobile devices. ... Microsoft's conduct poses serious antitrust concerns."

And so Microsoft has finally found a way back into the mobile game.

Once the WP7 (or 7.5, or Mango, Apollo, Cherry O... insert name here) fails completely, they will be collecting royalties from Android. It's already worth more to them than their own platform.

Seems like a good idea to keep Android alive & well or they have no presence at all in mobile. Not where you want to be for the next 'PC' wave that is just beginning.