“We are pleased that Acer is taking advantage of our industrywide [sic] licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez – who is the corporate VP and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”
The licensing deal gives “broad coverage” under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Acer’s smartphones and tablets running Android, while ViewSonic gets coverage for their smartphones and tablets running Android and Chrome OS.
No specific details such as how much Microsoft will be getting were disclosed, but the ViewSonic press release did say: “the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from ViewSonic under the agreement.”
The Acer press release did not mention any such thing, so Microsoft could have obtained some rights to Acer’s patent portfolio as well – but that’s just my guess.
Microsoft has made similar deals in the past with companies such as HTC over their Android powered phones. It is rumored that Microsoft makes about $5 per HTC device running Android, and it appears that Microsoft makes more money off of Android than their own Windows Phone 7 platform.
If you haven’t taken a look at one of Ed Bott’s most recent articles about Oracle vs. Google lawsuit, you might want to. Ed details some information in regards to the Android source code which Google fought to keep confidential, but they lost that battle and they will be used in court as evidence that Google knowingly copied Sun’s Java code.