Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:00 UTC
Microsoft Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout, I totally did not see this one coming at all. This is so utterly surprising it made my brain explode. Hold on to your panties, because this will rock your world. After pressuring several smaller Android vendors into submission (and yes, HTC is still relatively small compared to other players), Microsoft is now moving on to the big one: Redmond is demanding $15 for every Samsung Android device sold. Samsung's choices are simple: pay up, or face another epic lawsuit.
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RE: Comment by pablo_marx
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 15:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by pablo_marx"
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I'm pretty sure the USPTO granted patents on software prior to 1998 -- For example the QuickDraw patent

Of course, it wasn't a 100% clear divide, but in general, the USPTO was not receptive to software patents, although the courts sometimes reversed USPTO decisions. The entire history is detailed here:

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