Texas readers might say that Microsoft is far from shy about defending its patents. The software giant has used patent law to make sure that no one uses its patents without its permission and/or proper compensation. Even if Microsoft is aggressive in the defense of its intellectual property, it has the right to be. A good deal of a the value of a company like Microsoft rests in its intellectual property.
In March of this year, Microsoft asked a federal court to prohibit Kyocera from selling three of its Android phones here in the United States -- at least until the litigation was concluded. According to Microsoft, the Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier (all Kyocera products) contained technology that violates seven of its patents such as thread scheduling, communications technologies and network management, among others. It was announced on July 2, however, that the two companies had successfully negotiated a settlement of Microsoft's claims.
The licensing agreement negotiated by the two companies will allegedly allow each company to use technology patented by the other. Which patents are affected by the agreement and how much money has -- or will -- change hands is not known. Microsoft also settled with other companies that it filed lawsuits against such as Barnes & Noble and Samsung.
Patent law is designed to protect the intellectual property of an individual or business from being used without the patent holder receiving some sort of compensation in exchange for permission to use the patent. The parties are free to work out the details of what exactly that means. If a patent holder in Texas discovers that another individual or business is using it in violation of these laws, a lawsuit may be filed requesting both monetary and non-monetary damages.
Source: zdnet.com, "Microsoft, Kyocera settle patent suit over Android phones", Mary Jo Foley, July 2, 2015