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[3]: Patents are patents
by pantheraleo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 13:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Patents are patents"
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Minor Correction ... .NET is an innovation over the JVM.

Uh... No? The JVM had JIT compilation long before .NET implemented it.

The originally the JVM interpreted bytecode ... the CLR does JIT compilation on bytecode.

The original one did, yes. But JIT was implemented in Java before .NET was even released.

You almost make it sound like Sun should have patented the JVM ... a software patent with such a comment.

Sun did patent a lot of things from the JVM. But Sun used their patent portfolio primarily defensively. Sun never liked patents, but they learned a hard lesson after IBM nearly put them out of business by suing them over a generic RISC patent that basically said "If you make it simpler, it will go faster". This RISC patent, btw, is proof that hardware patents can be abused just like software patents. So those who support hardware patents but not software parents are hypocrites.

Oracle, of course, did not share Sun's philosophy of defensive software patents. And once they inherited Sun's patent portfolio, they are started using the patents offensively.

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