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Microsoft, Dell cross-license for Chrome OS and Android sales

I try to keep an eye on Microsoft licensing developments, when it comes to Android (see Microsoft counts Android revenues in the billions) and here is a new one.

Following in the footsteps of the various OEMs (see HTC and Nikon, for example) who have signed up with Microsoft to…

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Android Oracle API dispute rumbles on

I hesitate to flag this one – nothing makes the heart sink faster than another almost unintelligible convoluted turn in a protracted legal dispute – but Reuters reports that the legal battle between Oracle and Android is rumbling on…

At the heart of the issue is whether APIs can be copyrighted, preventing…

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Microsoft counts Android (licensing) profits by the million

Meant to flag this one before. A very interesting look at how profitable Android is for Microsoft due to the licensing terms it is gaining across the telecoms industry. Would you believe a total in the (low) hundreds of millions of dollars, in every quarter?

On the theNextWeb.com – see…

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Qualcomm weighs into Apple-Samsung patent dispute

A startling US Court filing by Qualcomm, as part of the ongoing tablet dispute between Apple and Samsung, attacks Apple with no holds barred. Think of terms such as ‘sham’, ‘mask slipping’, pretext… Qualcomm says Apple “should be embarrassed” at its patent infringement…

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HTC pays Apple price for licensing Android

Just to document this one from yesterday – peace has broken out between Apple and HTC on the Android IP front. Peace on Apple terms it seems… Apple’s statement simply reads: HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten…

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Apple Samsung patent spat takes another twist...

Having trouble keeping up with all the twists and turns and litigants and cases and locations of Android patent lawsuits? Well, you’re not alone. And things are just getting messier…

Back in August, in an apparent legal blow to Samsung and Android, a Californian jury found in favour of…

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German court rules against Microsoft in radio interface dispute

A German court has ruled against Microsoft in a radio interface patent dispute involving Motorola Mobility and its Android-based devices, reports Foss Patents. The original trial was in August, but the judge has now ruled a non-infringement.

It involves patent EP1233343 – a “Method and radio interface layer comprising…

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