Microsoft licenses 74 patents for WP7

Microsoft licenses 74 patents for WP7
As tech giants seem to file a new lawsuit every day, Microsoft is taking care to avoid such litigation with Windows Phone 7. They have licensed 74 patents from Acacia Research Corp., a patent holding company. Some of these patents even go back to PalmSource, the subsidiary responsible for the Palm OS.

Acacia's CEO Paul Ryan described the 74 patents as "foundational," meaning that Microsoft is trying to avoid controversy over more basic software features. Companies like Motorola have been suing recently over such earlier innovations. Other companies like RIM, Apple, Motorola, and Samsung are being sued by Acacia Research Corp. for basic features like email synchronization.

Microsoft has been making a significant effort to preempt licensing controversy. In keeping with their perfectly-prepackaged approach to Windows Phone 7, all patent fees are included, and OEMs are indemnified from patent litigation.

The GM of Intellectual Property for Microsoft, David Kaefer, provided the following general statement: "By focusing on efficiently licensing patented innovations from other companies, we're free to develop great software and we’re able to provide our partners and customers [intellectual property] peace-of-mind."

source: The Wall Street Journal via WMPoweruser


1 Comment

1. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Very slick! This not only makes the platform more attractive to developers, OEMs, and carriers, but also lends credence to the current slate of lawsuits that MS has pending against other companies infringing on their Intellectual Property. They basically said, “We're not hypocrites and we do what we say: look, we licensed these 74 patents so you have to license our copyrights and/or stop or recompense us for infringement on our IP.” Not only does that change the entire industry stance on copy first and then sue and counter sue later, but it makes WP7 more bulletproof. AND MS is in a better position than anyone else on compliance, since they have more available cash to outlay for licensing compared to everyone else.

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