Kootol Software Ltd. has sent & a notice& to Apple, Faccebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter, and several dozen other tech companies regarding a soon-to-be-awarded patent on a & core technology& apparently involving social networking. Meanwhile, legal attacks by & patent troll& Lodsys are causing small app developers to withdraw from the U.S.
First it was Samsung that signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Google. Then it was Cisco. Now, Samsung and Cisco have paired up. The deal gives the companies access to their patent portfolios for the next decade, avoiding as much patent infringement as possible.
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....
Microsoft has continued to push its patent claims into Android territory by signing a patent agreement with General Dynamics' rugged device subsidiary Itronix. The agreement provides broad coverage under Microsofts patent portfolio for Android devices, says Microsoft....
You have to hand it to Microsoft. As Apple fights it out with Android manufacturers, Microsoft is quietly signing licencing deals. This all started last year when they were able to grab deals with HTC, Samsung, Acer, and ViewSonic. In fact, back in October they had a total of 10 deals.
As of today that total is at 15 with the latest one involving Honeywell International, Inc.
Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it has signed a patent agreement with HTC covering the phone maker's Android-based devices, and it's talking with other phone vendors as well about its "concerns" regarding Google's mobile operating platform.
Summary: The patent-trolling spinoff of Bill Gates and Microsoft carries on destroying the Internet and extorting competition
Microsoft generates top patent trolls, it does not only feed some patent trolls with extra cash which they in turn use to attack GNU/Linux with lawsuits.
Microsoft and Amazon have entered into a patent cross-licensing deal that covers, among other things, Amazon's Kindle and its use of Linux-based servers. The agreement calls for Amazon to pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount of money.