Microsoft announces licensing deals with Acer, Viewsonic over Android devices

Microsoft this morning announced it has reached licensing agreements with Acer and Viewsonic over the companies' Android devices. Terms of either agreement were not announced, but Viewsonic will pay royalties to Microsoft. No royalties were mentioned in Acer's deal, which could point to some sort of reciprocal licensing.

Microsoft VP of IP and general counsel Horacio Gutierrez issued the following statement in both press releases:

“We are pleased that [Acer/Viewsonic] is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”

This is just the latest in licensing for Microsoft, which already has reached a deal with HTC, while suing Barnes & Noble and others. Meanwhile, we haven't heard much from Microsoft and Google lately in their patent-lawsuit back-and-forth. Perhaps we're due?

Source: Microsoft (Acer (opens in new tab), Viewsonic (opens in new tab))

Phil Nickinson
  • Great. While Apple is suing Samsung into submission, Microsoft is getting "Android licensing" deals with other manufacturer's? If I wanted to help Microsoft make money off Mobile, I'd be using a Windows Phone. Sounds like they're in it together, to me. One sues, the other licenses. Meanwhile, Google is doing what about it? Buying Motorola for their patents and not doing anything for their licensees. It will be interesting to see if anyone licenses WebOS. No one tried to sue Palm or HP over it.
  • Microsoft will make more money with these fees than they will with Windows Phone 7.
  • Google will ultemetly find way or maybe change the code for android to ( finger:-) )microsoft
  • HAHAHAHAHA! Microsoft you take the cake again for historic IDIOCY! You sue Viewsonic over Android licensing? ROFL. Thought you might be smart enough to read a device review to see that they ensured their definite demise among the Android tablet market. I'll be surprised if the company sells another tablet again. Leave it to Microsoft to steal Apple's ideas and mess them all up.
    EPIC fail M$ Linux FTW!
  • Well I think this proves that Microsoft sees no profit in continuing that little side project... what was it called? Windows Phone I think? Any hoot, PC sees no money to be made in their own project so they are trying to make someone else's mostly free system into a corporate fiasco! Tsk Tsk Penny Pincher PC... Your no better than your counter part Money Mongrel Macintosh! *I thank you* Well maybe RIM will over come by just dodging enough paperwork to be left unnoticed and get enough google ship jumpers on their tour of whoring them selves to android developers... haha, well that would be the day *sorry RIM lovers*
  • Yeah keep believing that
  • You sir, are an idiot.
  • Surprised nobody has mentioned the Header Graphic of this article. That Lloyd chuckling graphic is Awesome, Phil. I love it.
  • Everyone weighing in but nobody knows exactly what was licensed. It could be something as simple as Fat32 for the USB ports or Exchange protocols or other similar low level stuff. Let's not jump to conclusions.
  • Either most people in this thread are using Macs (which makes you retarded) or they're using Linux. HAHA MICROSOFT SUX (types on Windows powered computer). Either way, most people in this thread are absolute dipshits.