Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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RE[5]: Patents are patents
by TechGeek on Wed 6th Jul 2011 00:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Patents are patents"
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Funny, that sounds an awful lot like what Microsoft is doing. They didnt have the smarts enough to create a phone environment that anyone wanted. So that go after their competitor using litigation of probably baseless patents to extract income for work someone else created. We're not talking about a company that invented a new type of fusion reactor. We are talking about patents that probably cover ideas with prior art, or are so trivial they won't stand up to scrutiny. Microsoft knows this. Otherwise they would be very vocal about what patents they own that are being infringed. Instead they try to hide behind a vale of NDA's. They are basically threatening to nuke you when all they really have is a lead pipe. If this is all that software patents are good for, that is even more reason for them to be abolished.

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