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Microsoft and (the other) Motorola agree on patent deal

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Microsoft and (the other) Motorola agree on patent deal
One of the more confusing aspects of Google purchasing Motorola Mobility is that it ended up creating two separate companies that both use the name Motorola, but really don't have anything to do with one another. There is the (currently) Google-owned Motorola (Mobility) that makes consumer devices, and the still independent Motorola (Solutions) which is more enterprise-facing.

Because of this, it can get a bit confusing when you see a headline like "Microsoft, Motorola make deal on patents"; because, while the headline does concern Android devices, those devices are not the Moto X, G, or DROIDs that you would expect. Rather, Microsoft and Motorola Solutions have made a deal on patent licensing which covers the Android and Chrome OS devices made for the enterprise market. 

The terms of the deal haven't been released, but Microsoft has similar licensing deals with other Android manufacturers like Samsung, ZTE, HTC, and LG which are said to cost up to around $5 per device. For its part, Motorola solutions also has patent licensing deals with companies like HTC, Samsung, and Nokia. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 21 Apr 2014, 14:26 3

1. papss (unregistered)


Which moto is the one that Google gutted and sold?

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 14:30 4

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4012; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You could read the article, you know, it's in the second sentence. Motorola Mobility is the one Google acquired and then sold to Lenovo, this article is about Motorola Solutions

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 15:01 2

6. papss (unregistered)


I did read it but was thrown off by the Google portion because I thought that deal was done.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 21:26 1

8. sgodsell (Posts: 1227; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Signing anything with Microsoft is like signing up with the devil himself.

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 05:13 2

9. papss (unregistered)


Funny cause I feel that way about Google as of late..

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 14:31 1

3. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2007; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Mobility

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 14:37 1

5. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I like the recent Moto devices way more than my Atrix... that one was buggy and fail hardware-wise on many aspects...

New Moto devices are affordable, good quality and have a thin skin.

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 14:36 3

4. JesterB (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Motorola Solutions is in the process of being bought out by Zebra...

posted on 21 Apr 2014, 19:44

7. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


This makes no sense, as Moto Solutions doesn't make any android or chrome devices and they pretty much emerged victorious under all lawsuits from MS.

Once Lenovo owns them though they will start paying because they do, but WSJ probably has their sht wrong as usual.

Or PA...

posted on 22 Apr 2014, 18:18

10. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I do not know of any "lawsuits" Microsoft has had with any mobility company, EXCEPT the one Google owned, in which MS won:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-sues-U.S.-Customs-over-failure-to-enforce-Motorola-phone-ban_id45270

And one overseas that they won as well:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-gets-Motorola-patent-invalidated-in-Europe-because-it-was-obvious_id37988

This is the company (Motorola Solutions) that was left in business after it sold it's handset and all related patents to Google. They have been in on-again-off-again talks with MS concerning patents that MS owns and Motorola Solutions uses in tech to provide larger corporations communication equipment and management. To my knowledge, this company has NEVER needed to go to court with MS, nor has MS tried to take it to court. Only the Google-owned Moto.

Have a link to the lawsuits you mentioned?

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