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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"Can you show me that law? Does it say anything about long term or short term? Does it say you have to make as much money as possible no matter what it does to the public image of the company?"

It sounded funny to me too.

It's boardmember's responsibility to act in the interests of shareholders. But it's the shareholder's responsibility to elect (or fire) the board members.

For this reason, I think it's unlikely we'll ever find corporate board members who are against software patents. That view would likely prevent them from getting elected to the board in the first place.

And, I have to admit, this is an excellent (though selfish) reason for business people to speak about software patents favorably, it keeps more doors open for themselves.

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