A lucrative and possibly dodgy business practice comes to an end
At least it may do if all of this is true.
h/t Eli Fennell
Originally shared by Christopher Gaul
Microsoft’s Android patent claims and licensing fees on unstable footing
The only money Microsoft really makes in mobile comes from licensing their patents to Android manufacturers. Their own mobile products are a money pit. Unfortunately for them it’s coming to light that their mobile patents in their Android licensing scheme may be mostly nonsense.
As predicted when the Chinese patent review leaked, the validity of this patent portfolio is coming under fire.
The best case will likely be that companies will stop paying these licenses. Either way it would lead to a court challenge in which many of the patents could be invalidated or ruled inapplicable.
Whatever happens the outcome is less revenue for Microsoft.
Time for Microsoft to swallow their pride and let their Nokia division make the best phones they can design, running Android. It’s just stupid pride keeping them from being at least number two in the mobile market and possibly even challenging Samsung.
Microsoft just can’t let go of their platform lock in mentality. Just drop it already and make Android devices that distinguish themselves in the market by having great enterprise features and desktop integration.