Skip to comments.310 Microsoft patents used in Android licensing agreements revealed by Chinese gov
Posted on 06/16/2014 7:59:46 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
While Microsoft and Google are rivals in many arenas, Microsoft makes a substantial profit from patents used by Android vendors. However, despite Microsoft's commitment to transparency, these agreements have only been revealed in legal surroundings -- until now.
Patent licensing deals agreed between the Redmond giant and Android device makers grant Microsoft revenue for every device made using the company's intellectual property. In November last year, Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund estimated that Microsoft was making as much as $2bn in Android patent licensing agreements. These funds are believed to be covering losses in the tech giant's entertainment division, covering Xbox, Windows Phone and Skype.
The company has never revealed the patents and fees centered within licensing deals, unless required to do so in the courtroom. However, documents posted on the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)s website detail the full range of patents included within licensing agreements. As reported by Ars Technica, the patent lists were submitted as part of the Chinese government's review of the purchase of Nokia's handset division by Microsoft for $7.2 billion.
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Rick Sherlund is my cousin in law. He used to work at Goldman Sachs for 25 years. Rich guy. Second house in Nantucket. Rents out a gold mine in Alaska. He spends up to 3 months there digging for gold to relax.
He has made $900,000 and spent $2,000,000
The owner of the land he rents is an old timer who says the only one who can afford gold mining is someone from Wall Street.
Some of whom he hobnobs with. I ain’t invited... : )
Some background of him. Was involved at a crooked company or two...
not sure where this thread is going or where it meant to go