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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Comment by fran
by fran on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:57 UTC
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Microsoft ironically is part of a big lobby to reform patent laws..Especially those involving the amounts of money that can be claimed....

As I see it..these big companies want the settlement for victory in these cases to correlate to actual provable losses....i.o.w Big companies can prove, just by the fact of there high product turnover that a specific patent infringement will cause it huge losses but for a smaller company this might not be so easy and not nearly so much money as the big companies can claim from a smaller one.

Patent reform that in effect mostly benefit big companies. Traditional garage startups has almost no chance anymore, in the USA at least.

Edited 2011-03-21 23:59 UTC

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