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Microsoft’s Android Licensing Tactics are 'Hard Bargaining' Says Judge

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, 18 Feb 2012News

An ITC administrative law judge has ruled that Microsoft is playing a hard yet fair game over its Android licensing programme.

Microsoft is making huge money via its Android licencing programme and most of the Android powered device makers have accepted Microsoft's terms and conditions without any opposition, except Barnes & Noble.

On January 31, the judge had ruled against Barnes & Noble ruling that, "Even assuming that these transactions and the related evidence establishes that Microsoft is bent on eliminating Android as a competitor, the mere fact that Microsoft is targeting Android for destruction is insufficient to establish an antitrust violation let alone patent misuse." reports Geek Wire.

The retail company accused that software giant's Android licencing programme actually violated US antitrust laws through patent misuse. The Nook maker has already appealed against this decision stating that the judge has overlooked the central basis of its argument.

Barnes & Noble in its appeal wrote: "...Microsoft's Android licensing program has improperly leveraged patents covering at most trivial and outmoded design choices and implementation details in order to require OEMs to take licenses (and pay substantial licensing fees to Microsoft) for every Android device they sell, regardless of whether those devices infringe any of Microsoft's patents."

According to Barnes & Noble Microsoft demanded ‘shockingly high' fees for Android. It is believed that the Windows maker was looking at $7.50 to $12.50 per Android device.

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