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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the law is the law
by TechGeek on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 02:43 UTC
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You know being a witch is illegal in a lot of places. You sound like a witch. Lets burn you at the stake. Cause after all, the law is the law, right?

Just because a law exists does not make it right or even Constitutional. Patents were never suppose to cover software and there is actually no law that says it should. All that exists is court interpretations. Furthermore there are laws dictating the scope and documentation that are suppose to accompany patent applications. The fact that these patents are so flimsy looking on the surface suggests that Microsoft didn't do its duty when applying for the patents.

So before you start chanting for equality, you should make sure Microsoft hasn't already side-stepped the law to get to this point.

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