Microsoft really does have an effective mobile strategy – targeting Android devices in patent disputes. To their credit, they have claims on over 70% of all Android devices in the United States, with the most prominent including, Samsung, HTC, LG, and more recently, Aluratek and Coby Electronics.
Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft stated, “The licensing agreements with Aluratek and Coby Electronics demonstrate yet again that licensing is the path forward to resolving intellectual property disputes within the industry, and can be effective for companies of all sizes. Aluratek and Coby Electronics are the latest two companies to recognize the value of Microsoft IP in Android and Chrome, joining the majority of Android vendors in taking a license for this IP.”
While Microsoft struggles to gain traction with their Windows Phone offerings (it’s getting better), targeting Android devices on licensing deals has proven to be effective. Whether we like or not, this is the reality we’re facing. Maybe it’s patent abuse, who knows? Hopefully, issues like this are addressed at the roundtable discussion organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on October 10th.