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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RE: Anti-competitive?
by Neolander on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:21 UTC in reply to "Anti-competitive?"
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How does protecting these patents make Microsoft anti-competitive?

These patents date back from the stone age of computing, they should be public domain by now.

Using them is anti-competitive because younger companies cannot compete in the patent area with dinosaurs holding lots of patents on (now) obvious and very widespread things like FAT32.

In an area moving as fast as software, patents should have a much shorter lifetime, of say 5 years. That we can still infringe patents on things dating back from the Windows 95 era here in 2010 is just plain odd, and hurts innovation more than anything else. Paying for patents issued in the Vista era, otoh, I'd be okay with that, if the fees are reasonable and if the patent system allows small innovators to patent things too.

Edited 2010-10-28 20:23 UTC

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