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[11]: Patents are patents
by pantheraleo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 15:13 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Patents are patents"
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Btw, Thom, here's a specific case example (there are earlier ones I am sure, but this is the one that comes to the top of my head because it was well known at the time) that proves your 1998 date is incorrect.

See Stac Electronics vs. Microsoft. In 1994, Stac Electronics successfully sued Microsoft claiming that the DoubleSpace compression technology that Microsoft added to DOS 6.0 violated software patents it held regarding disk compression. Stac also successfully recieved an injunction against Microsoft forcing them stop distributing DoubleSpace while Microsoft was appealing. Thus, DoubleSpace was removed from DOS.

Ultimately the case was settled out of court with Microsoft agreeing to make a $40 million investment in Stac, as well as pay $43 million in royalties for use of the patents.

That case proves beyond any doubt, that your 1998 date is incorrect. Just off the top of my head (and again, I'm sure there are earlier examples), legal precedence validating software patents goes back to at least 1994.

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