Microsoft Adds Compal To Licensees: Now Over Half Of Android Units Covered


Microsoft’s quest to sign patent licensing deals with anyone and everyone making an Android product continued Sunday with the latest deal involving Compal Electronics, an original design manufacturer for other phone companies. With Compal, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has now signed deals that cover more than half of the Android devices produced on the planet.

In announcing the deal Sunday, Microsoft declared that “for those who continue to protest that the smartphone patent thicket is too difficult to navigate, it’s past time to wake up.” Microsoft thinks that resolving patent uncertainty is easy: just pay us, and you’ll reduce your exposure to legal action.

More and more companies are choosing that route, but there are some that are still holding back from Microsoft’s advances, and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has been less willing to entertain licensing deals. Motorola (NYSE: MMI), Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), Foxconn and Inventec remain prominent holdouts identified by Microsoft in a chart produced alongside its blog post announcing the deal.

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