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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ssokolow
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2010-01-21

The problem is that software patents used for troll-like behaviour tend to be things that are obvious and sometimes fundamental to programmers (and often have been quietly used for years) but non-obvious to patent examiners not versed in computer science.

Often, they're the programmer equivalent of "Microsoft patents oxygen-based metabolic processes". Sure, there are alternatives, but unless you're living in volcanic vents, they're possibly fatal.

(And court challenges are horrendously expensive, so prior art effectively doesn't matter once the patent is granted)

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