China Publishes Secret List Of Microsoft’s Android Patents

Well, let’s just say the list is not so secret anymore! Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. But the Chinese government is going all out for payback, and has done the unthinkable.

The country’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published a list of more than 300 patents that are owner by Microsoft, most of them pertaining to the Android operating system. These were included in the company’s takeover of Nokia, which was completed a couple of months back.

According to this report, the documents were posted on the English version of the ministry’s website, and 73 of these patents are of the standard-essential variety.

Mostly used on smartphones, that is.

Unofficial reports claim that Redmond rakes in around $2 billion every year in royalties, thanks to these Android patents for technologies that other manufacturers need to launch smartphones, tablets and other such mobile devices that are powered by Android.

China has also revealed 127 patents that are part of several Android devices, along with a whole bunch of non-standard-essential ones.

No comment from Microsoft on this rather disturbing turn of events, but there is no doubting the fact that the technology titan cannot be pleased with this leak.

Whether we see an official reaction, remains to be seen.

  • Randy A

    What’s the payback for though? It seems like the Chinese Government has been one sided all along in this anti-Microsoft campaign. I don’t get it.

    • Malachi Jubb

      The Chinese Government has been having a go at Microsoft for not giving them the personal data of users in China.