Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th May 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by teigetje
Microsoft It turns out that a lot of people haven't been paying attention. Over the weekend, a story about how Microsoft is earning more from HTC's Android devices than from its own Windows Phone 7 sales spread all across the web, with surprised reactions everywhere. Anyone who has been paying attention to Microsoft's recent patent trolling regarding Android could've seen this coming.
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RE: Patent troll?
by Alfman on Mon 30th May 2011 06:02 UTC in reply to "Patent troll?"
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"HTC (like anyone else) is free to develop a phone that doesn't use MS innovations, and sell it for whatever price consumers are willing to pay. Ultimately the market decides what Microsoft's innovations are really worth. Nobody is forced to use Microsoft's innovations, merely to pay for the innovations they use."

This is all very true for copyright, but not for patents.

Developers are often coerced into paying patent holders just to use their own independent code. The courts give patent holders the right to demand payment or shut us down. It doesn't matter if our version is superior or not, it doesn't matter if the patent is obscure or even if the patent was pending at the time. Having industry monopolies like MS to enforce patent monopolies against others is detrimental to innovation. I say this as a software developer myself.

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