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[6]: Patents are patents
by pantheraleo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 13:37 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Patents are patents"
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And that's the problem, isn't it? Microsoft is unwilling to divulge which patents Linux is supposedly infringing, or which patents these Android vendors are infringing.

It also means that Microsoft can't sue. If they want to sue for patent infringement, obviously they will have to divulge which patents they think are being infringed.

This means that nobody can start developing workarounds - which, of course, is exactly what Microsoft wants.

Well again, if Microsoft refuses to divulge which patents it thinks are being violated, it means they can't take legal action.

The secrecy ensures nobody knows how to avoid these patents, and it means the public at large can't try and help in invalidating these patents.

Does it matter? Again, if Microsoft wants to maintain the secrecy, they can't take legal action. Doing so would require divulging which patents it thinks are being infringed. So as long as Microsoft wants to play the game this way, no action needs to be taken for either avoiding the patents, or trying to invalidate them.

Ah yes, the universal 'zOMG a viewpoint differs from mine site Xyz is going down the drain!1!!".

I think it's more your utterly black and white view on issues Thom. And the fact that you write like a reporter from Fox news. Your articles are heavily biased towards one side. And when someone (like me) submits an article with an alternative view point, you quash it and don't publish it because it doesn't agree with your views.

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