Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a licensing agreement that covers over 70% of all Android devices sold in the U.S. The nature of the patents was unknown until now. To sign off on Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published a list of 310 patents that highlight the patents that Microsoft collects royalties through.
MOFCOM determined that 73 of the 310 patents were standard-essential along with 127 patents that Microsoft claims are implemented in Android. The list includes 110 non-standard essential patents along with patents Microsoft acquired during the Rockstar auction. MOFCOM set up the investigation to determine whether Microsoft would use its patent portfolio to gain an uncompetitive atmosphere after the Nokia deal closes.
It is believed that Microsoft collects around $1 to $2 billion in revenues from Android licensing agreements with several manufacturers. Microsoft recently launched a website that lets you view and search all of its patents, but the website does not indicate which patents are infringed by Android. If you want to look at the list of the patents that Microsoft uses for Android royalties, click here
[Source: Ars Technica and MOFCOM]