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[4]: Anti-competitive?
by kristoph on Fri 29th Oct 2010 18:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Anti-competitive?"
kristoph
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Why are software patents any more absurd then hardware patents, drug patents, DNA related patents, etc?

The only real difference is the cost of implementation and testing, not the relevant intellectual challenge.

Or for that matter, how is it any less absurd then, say, 100+ year copyright on Disney cartoons, laws against witchcraft, laws against sodomy (involving consenting adults), etc, etc, etc.

Every country has lots of absurd laws. You may like some and you may not like some others but lambasting companies for working within the law to maximize their profits (which is their whole goal in life) hardly makes sense.

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