In case you find yourself in need of some party trivia this weekend, or if you happen to be a patent lawyer that loves reading this kind of stuff, it turns out that there are currently 17 patents held by either Microsoft (4) or Apple (13) – among numerous others still locked in patent infringement trials or not yet at trial – that the International Trade Commission (ITC) and courts in various countries have deemed to be infringed upon by Android. That is a big number, and our guess is that over time a good many more will be added to the headcount.
It is interesting that Android happens to infringe on so many patents. Some are well known, and some are lower profile. Microsoft manage to collect licensing fees on Android – a scenario that results from device vendors preferring to play it safe up front and settle terms with Microsoft on an equitable basis up front – just in case. It has always been a fun fact of sorts, or at least it is simply funny, that Microsoft collects licensing revenue off of Android.
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The current list presented below has been compiled by Florian Mueller on his FLOSS Patents blog site. He provides a lot of detail on each of the patents listed. Mueller notes that his list has grown from 11 infringed patents just three months ago to the 17 he lists today, 50+ percent increase in three months.
The list is fluid to some degree as there are always possible appeals down the road that may overturn any patents currently deemed as being infringed. Still, it is a hefty list, and rather than growing shorter we anticipate it will grow longer over time. It will be interesting to see what Mueller finds next quarter.
Here’s Mueller’s list (each patent number contains a link to the actual patent documentation):
So there it is - the current list of patents that frame “wins” in the patent wars, especially between Apple and Samsung. The list above is limited to Apple and Microsoft patents. We will note that Skyhook Wireless last week brought a second patent infringement action against Google, all which alleges infringement of eight more patents by Android, and in this case, Google Maps.
Visit Florian Mueller’s FLOSS Patents blog site for a great deal more insight on these patents and the ongoing patent wars.
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