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[3]: Comment by pablo_marx
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 15:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by pablo_marx"
Thom_Holwerda
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The post should be updated so people who don't go read comments aren't mislead into believing software patents were only issued from 1998 onwards.


Yes, you're right. Let me update it to more accurately reflect what I'm trying to say.

The 1998 ruling is detailed here:

http://www.bitlaw.com/software-patent/history.html

"After the State Street decision, there is little doubt that computer software and data structures can be considered patentable subject matter in the United States. Certain steps are required to ensure that the software meets the examination guidelines of the USPTO, such as ensuring that the software or data structure is operated upon by a computer processor, or is stored on a computer readable media. However, these requirements are easy to meet when drafting the patent claims, and therefore are not a significant impediment to patentability."

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