Website Unwired View reports that Motorola may be considering collecting IP royalties over Google’s Android operating system, which has become a major patent nightmare for Google. It’s difficult for any mobile phone maker to do something without infringing on someone else’s patents in some way or another, and not everyone is attacking: Apple is suing Samsung and trying to stop sales of certain HTC products. Microsoft has also sued Motorola over alleged patent infringement.
Now it seems that Motorola is considering trying to pick up some royalties over patents they hold relating to the Android OS. This comes from Moto CEO Sanjay Jha, as Unwired View reports, who did not beat around the bush with this statement:
“ I would bring up IP as a very important for differentiation (among Android vendors). We have a very large IP portfolio, and I think in the long term, as things settle down, you will see a meaningful difference in positions of many different Android players. Both, in terms of avoidance of royalties, as well as potentially being able to collect royalties. And that will make a big difference to people who have very strong IP positions.”
Here we go again.