Microsoft enters into licensing deal with Kyocera ending litigation over Android patents

Microsoft enters into licensing deal with Kyocera ending litigation over Android patents
Back in March, Microsoft sued Kyocera claiming that the latter had infringed on seven Android patents it owned. Today, both sides agreed to a cross-licensing deal that immediately puts a halt to all litigation related to the patents. The deal allows both tech firms to use each other's technologies in a wide-range of products. The rest of the agreement between the companies is confidential.

The patents that Microsoft accused Kyocera of infringing on are related to text messaging and location services. Ironically, Microsoft owns a wide range of patents related to the Android platform. Back in 2013, it was estimated that those patents could generate $8.8 billion in income for Microsoft each year starting in 2017.

Having Android patents hanging in the closet where it keeps the rest of its IP has analysts wondering why Microsoft doesn't sell or close Windows Phone and concentrate on selling Android powered handsets. Last week, a rumor started circulating stating that Microsoft was going to do just that. Heck, Microsoft could even exit the smartphone business entirely and still have a nice annual annuity from its Android patents.

Microsoft seems to be considering a massive write off of the goodwill that accumulated on its books thanks to the acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services. If  Microsoft makes this move, it will be easier for the software giant to sell or spin off its Windows Phone business. It seems strange to be contemplating such an action so close to the Windows 10 Mobile launch, but stranger things have happened.

source: Microsoft via AndroidCentral



1. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

New Kyocera models will be coming with MS office, Skype, Outlook preloaded ;)

6. waddup121 unregistered


7. engineer-1701d unregistered

more like kyocera will finally get a bump making it worth looking at and no more windows phone

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

If MS sells off the devices division then they literally are dead from now on. They spent all that time and money setting up Nokia with their Trojan horse and now they can't use the zombies remains? What a waste of resources?

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

MS would still be alive and kicking, not dead. Not in our lifetime.

8. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

People don't seem to understand this. As long as businesses and enterprise are around, MS will always be in business. Mobile isn't and was never going to be where they made their money anyway.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Pretty much. I am more interested in the desktop and gaming side vs their mobile phones anyway. But what in the world does Kyocera have that MS could want to use? I like cross licensing deals but still..

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Staying alive as a have been slowly fading entity is as good as dead, just look at Nokia (only 10 years). Besides, they are slowly losing their battles in every department. Xbox One is losing to PS4 2 to 1 according to VGchartz. Windows is a tragic mess and everyone is desperately waiting for them to fix it with 10. Google and Apple have gotten their foots in the door now in the desktop OS space, how long before they win that battle too now that MS is forced to follow Apple's OS upgrade route? Honestly, office may be the last thing left for MS and there is no chance the competition will let that stay. For the past decade MS has used shady practices to win that enterprise space but now their competition is now big enough to face them off.

11. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

" Google and Apple have gotten their foots in the door now in the desktop OS space" LOL!! OS x is 5% for years now, Chrome OS is 0.1% and getting nowhere. Windows 10 is three years ahead of everything in the market, one OS for PC's, laptops, tablets, phones, Xbox and Hololens. Android is in danger because of the Windows 10, most forecasts say that Android going to lose almost 20% of the market share in two years , Google Search is in trouble, Bing becomes bigger day after day, Google+ failed completely, Android Wear was defeated in one day by apple watch, Google goggles is total failure and Google do not have business market like Microsoft. If Android will die like Symbian, Google will disappear from the map.

12. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

ms has total of 17 business which earn more than billion dollar per 3 month, they are strong than ever. most of their revenue come from enterprise things like office softwares, microsoft exchange, sql server, microsoft azure etc

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you think Google hasn't used shady is a bridge to sell. Also if you think MS only has Office, just take this. MS still has over a billion devices, active. Don't forget, google wouldn't even exist without the use of 300, count em, 300 MS patents. As for Xbox, much stronger position to do more than ps4, much stronger.

15. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

All that money? hahaha they make billions quarterly and control the PC market with over 90% market share. Add in enterprise, gaming, and software, well now you have the 2nd most valuable company in the US. please put the kool-aid down.

14. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

hahaha i find it funny that people really think MS's future is dependent on the mobile market haha. that a literaly a sliver of MS's interests and assets. please, no how deep this companies roots are, and how deep their pockets are. there are even rumors of MS looking to buy AMD for 2 billion... they blind loyalty and hatred for some companies is histerical. yet, the fanatics always seem to be the least informed. again, the mobile market never was, nor was it ever intended to be this company's bread and butter. They have the PC market on lock with more than 90% market share, enterprise, SOFTWARE (which is what MS is, a SOFTWARE company), and much more haha... MS will be just fine. Unlike Apple, MS has never needed a bailout.

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