Microsoft collects $5 from every Android device HTC sells


  • chall2k5

    another WTF moment brought to you by Bill Gates!

    • Alex Perrier

      Or Steve Ballmer, rather, although i’m not sure if Gates was at Microsoft when this happened.

  • Sean

    That is an awesome picture …

    Anyways on topic thats pretty well interesting they make more money from their competitors then their products

    • MXM4K

      If you could run a business like that, you’d be laughing all the way to the bank!

      Plus, I’m sure these kinds of ‘deals’ and royalty payments happen way more often than we realize.

  • Stevo

    Steve Ballmer “Yeahhhh baby! Who’s your daddy!”

  • xsav

    what patent infringement settled by HTC
    i think this damn ruls of infringement is only to acumulate money and break the development

  • Ken

    This is actually pathetic. Ballmer really needs to do. Ever since he took over as the CEO, Microsoft is becoming a company that’s not pushing out innovate products. Now it is making money off someone else’ success? This is great news for short-term profits and a very worrisome trend in the long run.

    • jellmoo

      I see what you are saying, but I don’t think it’s accurate. Since Ballmer became CEO, things like the Xbox, Xbox Live, WP7, Kinnect, Zune Pass, Xbox 360 and many other items have come to fruition. Granted, a ton of products flopped as well (the Zune in general, the Kin, Vista, etc…).

      But the company has transitioned from purely a software company with an Enterprise slant, to a company that sells hardware and actively targets the consumer market as well.

    • TheCyberKnight

      The Zune failure “perception” is only due to Microsoft’s inability to make it global. Zune still is the best
      software / hardware musical “experience” available today.

    • jellmoo

      I use the term “failure” only in regards to the financial success of the product, not as a judgement of the product itself.

  • Hub

    The patent system is broken. It is no longer about innovation but all about extortion.

  • nexzen

    @hub invent something, i’ll steal your patents n tell me you don’t wanna get paid for it…. how is it broken u fool…

    • bob

      The problem here is that HTC probably didn’t steal any of Microsoft Patent, but it was cheaper to pay $5 per Android device than having to defend against Microsoft in court.

    • andy c

      @ bob

      i doubt it would be cheaper. unless 150 million does not get you the legal team it once did…..

  • Tim

    I thought I felt bill in my pocket.

  • EmperumanV

    Not fair!

    • MXM4K

      You say it’s not fair, but nothing in life is (esp. in business). It’s an agreement that both parties made, so they clearly are both okay with the current terms. Plus, I’m sure this is a fairly small dent in HTC’s profits if any. Odds are they probably increased their prices to offset that $5 anyways.

  • XER

    So, Steve Ballmer is useless compare to Steve Jobs and that’s why he is doing this?

  • crunch204

    I wonder if he thinks of the $150 mil every night while he bangs a hooker

    • kad


      of course not! he is not THAT greddygeeky

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  • sookster54

    Interesting strategy- make money off someone else’s benefit. That picture is fitting and epic.

  • Jesse

    He who laughs last, laughs best. Pretty sure that’s Microsoft’s motto.

  • tbr

    That is why I do not buy m$crosoft products. Open source is the way to go.

  • roman129

    Ballmer looks like a penguin trying attract a mating partner.

  • Automaton

    I remember reading an article about how Microsoft long ago ceased to be a technology company and has since transformed to be essentially a team of lawyers. With that in mind, this news is pretty fitting.

  • Dhayaan

    thats pretty smart im not going to lie. Good settlement

  • Andy

    honestly, this man looks like a dinosaur

  • rulerxy

    My HTC diamond had touchflo. Touchflo is very similar to HTC sense. Some might say I identical and this is why I believe Microsoft is being paid royalties.

  • Nick

    This is a great example of why companies sue the pants off each other and then have wild orgies of patent-buying… it’d pretty much seal your company’s survival to make sure your competitor needs to use your patent and you get a chunk of their profits.

  • miguel

    f**k microsoft