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Unpublished Paper
A Treaty of Versailles - How Microsoft Wants to, and How They Could, End the Patent War
ExpressO (2012)
  • Andrew Pierz
Abstract
Android began as a project by Andy Rubin after developing the Sidekick. The project was soon acquired by Google and licensed as open-source technology for third parties, like Samsung and HTC, to use in their phones. After Microsoft fell in mobile market share, they began to pursue aggressive litigation and licensing deals. Google, after pledging to defend their manufacturing partners, announced they would acquire Motorola Mobility for their patent portfolio. The paper will explore the history of Android and Windows Mobile, the extent of Microsoft’s mobile patent portfolio, the structure of Microsoft’s various deals, the planned acquisition of Motorola Mobility by Google, whether this will provide sufficient defense from Microsoft and how Google’s strategy might be used by other companies in the future.
Keywords
  • Smartphones,
  • IP,
  • Intellectual Property,
  • Microsoft,
  • Samsung,
  • Patents,
  • Patent Litigation,
  • Patent Licensing
Disciplines
Publication Date
June 2, 2012
Citation Information
Andrew Pierz. "A Treaty of Versailles - How Microsoft Wants to, and How They Could, End the Patent War" ExpressO (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrew_pierz/1/