Report: Microsoft targeting Acer, Asustek over Android

Asustek said no and Acer declined to comment on reported legal tussles with Microsoft over Android

Microsoft may be looking to add to its existing patent infringement case related to the use of Google's Android mobile phone software by targeting phone makers in Taiwan, according to a Chinese-language news report.

Taiwan's Commercial Times newspaper reported that the U.S. software giant is taking aim at Asustek Computer and Acer over their use of Android in smartphones. The newspaper says Microsoft representatives are in Taiwan seeking royalties for use of its patents.

Asustek emphatically denied the news report, saying it respects intellectual property rights, in a statement filed to the Taiwan Stock Exchange late Monday.

Acer declined to comment.

Microsoft could not immediately be reached for comment.

Early this month, Microsoft filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court and a complaint to the International Trade Commission against Motorola and its Android handsets, saying the phones infringe nine Microsoft patents.

Android has also come under fire from Apple, which has sued smartphone maker HTC, saying HTC's Android handsets violate some iPhone patents. Oracle has sued Google over Android as well, saying the smartphone software uses some technology found in Java.

Google developed Android mobile phone software as an open platform for phone makers to use and modify to suit their needs. The software also ties to a lot of Google services on the Web and Google earns advertising revenue from the platform. During a conference call to discuss its earnings, Google executives said Android is now earning about US$1 billion in revenue on a yearly basis.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags intellectual propertyMicrosoftlegalAndroidacerAsustek Computer

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Dan Nystedt

IDG News Service

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?