About a year and a half ago, we wrote about "Rockstar Consortium," a shell company set up by Apple and Microsoft (and a few other companies), in which they placed many of the patents they received when they outbid Google to get Nortel's patents.
Microsoft successfully got most of the Android manufacturers to pay for patents it believes the Android OS uses and I believe they've been paying Microsoft for each copy of Android on every phone they sell for a few years now.
But apparently after Microsoft bought Nokia. Samsung decided it didn't need to pay anymore.
Filed under: Microsoft, MobileIn a continuing, drawn-out, and rather banal storyline that's reminiscent of a cheap daytime soap, Microsoft has sued Motorola for infringing nine patents in its Android phones.
Summary: Microsoft’s new direction continues to include “enforcement” (as in aggression) with software patents and Finjan, which Microsoft partly owns, is just attacking companies with software patents because it’s failing as a real business
MICROSOFT is having real problems which we wrote about this morning [1, 2, 3].
Microsoft and HTC have signed a patent agreement protecting the handset maker from Microsoft patent lawsuits over its industry-leading Android smartphones. HTC will have to pay royalties to Microsoft, which for the first time is enforcing its alleged Linux-related patents on an Android-based product, but the agreement could help it defend against a lawsuit from Apple....
Patent Wars: The fight to enforce and invalidate patents has reached a new level with Google accusing others of waging “bogus patents” against Android’s very existence, even though some of those patents were the ones Google was trying to buy!