October 22, 2014

Microsoft convinces yet another Android Vendor to sign a patent protection deal.

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The power of Microsoft has struck again! They’ve added another vulnerable vendor, General Dynamics Itronix. It was announced on June 27th that General Dynamics Itronix signed a patent agreement with Microsoft for Itronix devices running Android. General Dynamics Itronics (GDI) have signed this document because it could or may infringe upon patents that Microsoft owns.

In a press release, both parties state that Microsoft will receive royalties from General Dynamics Itronix. GDI’s portfolio consists of rugged mobile tablets, netbooks and ultramobile PCs. GDI devices are running various versions of Windows, according to spec sheets.

The GD300, a rugged Wearable Computer for the military, federal/civil and commercial field service personnel is Android based, and is designed to support a range of missions, being lightweight, and sporting an ultrasensitive GPS.

It is said that Microsoft is making more from Android patent deals then it is from licensing the Windows Phone operating system. Microsoft has also signed patent agreements with Amazon, TomTom and more.

Recently, Microsoft has been trying to get vendors running Linux Based Android to sign their patent agreement, to convince them to pay royalties. Microsoft is likely doing this to cover patent infringements.

Source ZDNet