Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Mar 2011 22:52 UTC, submitted by ephracis
Legal Since competing on merit is looked down upon in the computer and software world, companies in this business usually go for the blindfolded chick with the scale and sword. Up until recently, Microsoft didn't go for the whole patent litigation thing, but now that they've tasted some, they want more. They just sued Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec for patent infringement because they use Android.
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by WorknMan on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:55 UTC
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We already have a page 2 item about this, but I think this is important enough to be on the front page.

Can't really agree with this sentiment. I am 99.9% sure that one of two things are going to happen as a result of this lawsuit (as are usually the results of such lawsuits):

1. The case will be thrown out
2. It will be settled out of court, and probably 'for an undisclosed sum'.

So how does this DIRECTLY affect you and me? Answer: it doesn't. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was impacted by a patent lawsuit in a way that I actually noticed it. Like, 'feature x was removed from this app because of a patent violation ...' If such a thing happens though, THAT is worthy of coverage. But if not, what's the point?

The only purpose this article (and others like it) serves is to point out that software patents are dumb. But since this is common knowledge to anybody who's reading this site, it is certainly not worthy of being posted twice.

Patent lawsuits are like Microsoft security bulletins; you can bet there's going to be a new one every week. Somebody is always going to be suing somebody else, so (IMHO) there should be a website set up just to cover these, for those that care about them, while tech sites cover news that actually matters.

Edited 2011-03-21 23:56 UTC

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