Microsoft and Taiwan’s based original design manufacturer Compal have settled agreements that would allow Compal’s to receive royalties in exchange for patent coverage for its tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other devices running on Android or Chrome platform.
We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Compal, one of the leaders in the original design manufacturing, or ODM, industry. Together with the license agreements signed in the past few months with Wistron and Quanta Computer, today’s agreement with Compal means more than half of the world’s ODM industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio.
We are proud of the continued success of our licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome.
As mentioned above in the excerpt, this is not the first deal which Microsoft has made with Android partners. This marks the tenth license agreement with an Android Partner, the previous nine agreements were made within past four months.
Here is a graph pointing patent agreements with Microsoft :-
As seen from the graph, Microsoft has made agreements with almost all big companies. The agreement enables licensees to make use of Microsoft’s patented innovations on a long-term and stable basis. There are also some myths regarding Microsoft that they make more money from its patent licenses to Android than from sales of their own platform, Windows Phone 7.
These myths arise from a fact that Microsoft takes money for every Android device sold, for instance Microsoft takes $5 from HTC and reportedly takes $15 from Samsung per Android device. If all the money is added from all the Android’s partners, the figures appear to be much high.
Microsoft claims those myth to be untrue, as Windows Phone boss Andy Lees during an interview with AllthingsD’s Asia denied such rumors.
“I don’t know where the, you know, one making more money than the other comes from. We certainly want to sell a lot of Windows Phone.
Well the statement doesn’t exactly disproves the myth, but still if those Android partners are paying then it would be for their own interest, as in these war of patents at least Microsoft is not filing injunctions like Apple does.
Apple has filed numerous injunction specifically on Samsung for patent violations in countries like Australia and after such a long time there had been no negotiation between the two , the reason which was later revealed in Steve Jobs biography.