Apple lawsuits, licensing fees could alter the Android landscape

“Apple is apparently negotiating with some Android manufacturers to settle long-running patent disputes, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal,” News Republic reports.

“If Apple does shift course in this way, it could end up mirroring Microsoft, which has spent the past several quarters corralling Android manufacturers into licensing agreements,” News Republic reports. “Microsoft argues that Android violates its patents, and has made no secret of its willingness to sue companies that produce Android devices – and who are not willing to pay a set fee per unit. Samsung, HTC and Acer are just a few of the firms that have agreed to take a Microsoft licence rather than fight it out in court.”

News Republic wonders, “Would manufacturers continue to churn out Android devices if they had to pay significant fees to both Apple and Microsoft for each unit sold? ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote on Tuesday: “If you can’t kill it with injunctions, you can price it out of existence. Dead is dead, no matter how it was killed.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

7 Comments

    1. Well, they all have Microsoft’s stylus patents licensed by now. Who needs Apple’s multitouch interface?

      Samsung et al are all going to be styling with the stylus from now on as they fade into history.

  1. I know for a fact when I check e-book vs hardcopy prices I’ve found e-books to be much more expensive on numerous occasions. This doesn’t make sense from a printing and delivery standpoint.

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