Microsoft Licenses Palm Smartphone Patents
Microsoft has licensed a total of 74 smartphone patents from the companies Acacia and Access. Acacia's business model is to own and license out technology patents. Access is the company that bought PalmSource, the division behind creating Palm OS. Microsoft acknowledged licensing the patents for an undisclosed sum, and called them "foundational" to certain smartphone systems. This is the opposite tactic normally taken by Microsoft, which typically licenses out its own Windows Mobile software and related patents.
Microsoft Sues Kyocera Over Patents
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Kyocera in which it alleges the Japanese smartphone maker is violating seven of its patents. In particular, Microsoft is targeting the Duraforce, Hydro, and Brigadier series devices.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Luna Mobile Licenses Microsoft Patents
Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Luna Mobile, which has agreed to license Microsoft's technology patents for mobile devices. Luna has committed to launching 5 different smartphones this year, ranging in price from $139 to $459.
LG Agrees to Pay Nokia Royalties, But Rates Not Settled
LG has signed a patent-licensing agreement with Nokia over smartphone technology, but the companies have yet to agree on pricing for the patents. Nokia may have sold its handset business to Microsoft, but it retained many of the related patents for licensing purposes.
Isn't This The Way It Should Be?