Summary: Thousands of patents passed from Ericsson to a now-notorious patent aggressor, Openwave
SONY Ericsson is not much as a friend of Android, despite using Android/Linux in its devices. Samsung was sued by Sony (over patents) after Sony had failed to gain the lead in the Android market. Samsung will do fine, but we cannot support it because it pays Microsoft for Linux.
“In one of the most dramatic, controversial and written about court cases, judge Koh has denied Apple’s motion for an injunction against Samsung devices,” we learn from Muktware, also in light of its recent realisation of Android armament (deterrence against Apple). Sadly, however, some Android arms seem to be heading into the hands of patent aggressors. To quote a new report:
Unwired Planet, formerly Openwave Systems, said in a regulatory filing today that it has received more than 1,900 patents, including 753 US patents, from Swedish telecom company Ericsson.
This is reminiscent of what Microsoft does with Nokia’s patent portfolio. It distributes patents to Linux and Android foes (MOSAID is the most notable example among several). We already covered the patent relationships of Microsoft, Apple, and Sony (some are members of the same patent cartels). █