Microsoft on Google Vs. Oracle Dispute

Microsoft Executive: Android “does infringe on a bunch of patents.”

Jessica Thornsby

Tivanka Ellawala warns that OEMs developing Android phones might be facing future litigation.

Microsoft executive Tivanka Ellawala has insisted that Android
does infringe on intellectual property patents – presumably, in
relation to the ongoing lawsuit between Oracle and Google. At the
Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco, Tivanka
Ellawala dismissed the idea that Android is a free
platform, stating that “at the most simplistic level, the IP
[intellectual property] issues around the Android situation and
certainly the IP issues that we have discussed, it does infringe on
a bunch of patents and there are costs associated with that. And
this is not just an issue for us. It may also be an issue as some
companies have already stated. So there is an upfront fee cost
associated with Android that, I think, doesn’t make it free.”

He also warned that OEMs developing phones based on the Android
platform, might face future litigation.

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