Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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Anti-competitive?
by pallen38 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 19:52 UTC
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Whether you agree with software patents or not, the fact is we have them. How does protecting these patents make Microsoft anti-competitive? The have the right to protect them and enforce royalty payments, and can do so in selective cases if they wish to. Obviously they are going to do things that are advantageous to them, they're a bloody corporation! But if you put aside your Microsoft-hate for a moment, you'd see that your problem isn't with them, it's with capitalism.

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