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[2]: Zero surprise.
by JAlexoid on Fri 29th Oct 2010 22:18 UTC in reply to "RE: Zero surprise."
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I am no fan of Microsoft but asking a company to pay for a license fee for a patent you hold is perfectly legal.


Really, even when they will* demand a cut of GLOBAL sales and not only the ones in the patent's jurisdiction? I.e if you live in a country where software patents are not valid, you will be paying MS for it. No wonder I refuse to buy a single license for MS's products(Ubuntu is the only OS installed on my machine). And when I have to use, I use a pirated version of anything from MS**.

*- And by a number of past convictions, we know they will

**- Principle = they steal from me, I steal from them.

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