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[5]: Comment by rubberneck
by tomcat on Thu 28th Oct 2010 21:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by rubberneck"
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Software didn't exist then, and patents on 'processes' didn't exist until the 1960s. History fail.

That's beside the point. Patents protect inventions. Whether those ideas are manifested in software or physical atoms is irrelevant.

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