Microsoft and LG agree on a patent deal for Android and Chrome OS

By Michael Gillett | Posted January 12, 2012 4 comments

Microsoft has announced that today they have signed a patent agreement with LG that that covers “LG’s tablets, mobile phones and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome OS Platform”. Microsoft and LG are not sharing the details of the agreement, but it is likely that this will be similar to other agreements Microsoft has made with other Android ODMs. Therefore Microsoft is likely to get a few dollars for every LG Android and Chrome OS device sold.

This latest agreement with LG sees Microsoft hold agreements with 11 companies that produce Android and Chrome OS devices. These previous agreements are with companies such as HTC, Samsung and Acer which means that over 70% of all Android devices sold in the US are covered by Microsoft’s patent agreements.

There has been criticism by some that Microsoft is trying to hamper Android’s success by going after the Android device makers and entering into agreements with them. However, from a legal perspective all patents are assets of the company and Microsoft is obliged to protect all its assets. Therefore, it needs to protect its patents and enter into these agreements, that isn’t to say that it can’t benefits from these agreements in other ways than just covering Android devices. For example when Microsoft signed an agreement with Samsung it was able to get Samsung to offer a “closer collaboration on Windows Phone”.

Microsoft is in the process of suing Barnes & Nobile and Motorola Mobility for distributing devices that encroach on some of Microsoft’s patents. It’s understood that these litigations came following a break down of talks between Microsoft and these companies. All the companies who signed an agreement with Microsoft would have been in similar talks, the difference is they often built upon previous agreements and evidently felt it was better to agree with Microsoft than to fight it.

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 6:40 am
Category: News
Tags: Android, LG
  • JSYOUNG571

    It looks like to me that if Microsoft is making money off every Android phone being sold, why can’t they take that money and invest it into making Windows Phone up to date with all the other smartphones. There are 3 things that are holding me back from wanting to cross back over to Windows Phone. 1.) The fact that you can not create a music cloud for Zune, even if it has to connect with Skydrive. 2.) The limitations of up to 16gb on the phone with no storage card. It would make sense if their was a storage cloud for music, but you all don’t have it. 3.) It is just a matter of time that Windows Phone is going to go dual core, why keep releasing phones with single core? Another bonus point..Reading all the reviews of apps on Zune, tells me that a lot of the applications like Facebook, Twitter, and others are outdated and horrible. I remember this experience to well with my former Windows 6.5 phone. I was hoping after the release of Mango, things would change, but I guess I am going to have to wait another year. Hopefully, you all will have it together by then. I will be the first to admit, that my Android phone is not perfect, but I am amazed at what I can do on it everyday.

    • luke516

      A word on the issues you have with the native twitter and Facebook apps: the people hub is a much better and cleaner Facebook and twitter app, all combined into one app

  • Anonymous

    It looks like to me that if Microsoft is making money off every Android phone being sold, why can’t they take that money and invest it into making Windows Phone up to date with all the other smartphones. There are 3 things that are holding me back from wanting to cross back over to Windows Phone. 1.) The fact that you can not create a music cloud for Zune, even if it has to connect with Skydrive. 2.) The limitations of up to 16gb on the phone with no storage card. It would make sense if their was a storage cloud for music, but you all don’t have it. 3.) It is just a matter of time that Windows Phone is going to go dual core, why keep releasing phones with single core? Another bonus point..Reading all the reviews of apps on Zune, tells me that a lot of the applications like Facebook, Twitter, and others are outdated and horrible. I remember this experience to well with my former Windows 6.5 phone. I was hoping after the release of Mango, things would change, but I guess I am going to have to wait another year. Hopefully, you all will have it together by then. I will be the first to admit, that my Android phone is not perfect, but I am amazed at what I can do on it everyday.

    • luke516

      A word on the issues you have with the native twitter and Facebook apps: the people hub is a much better and cleaner Facebook and twitter app, all combined into one app