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[12]: Patents are patents
by pantheraleo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 17:35 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: Patents are patents"
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Have you ever filed a patent application? EPO or USPTO?

Yes. I have filed a patent application with the USPTO. And I have also worked to get an IBM patent invalidated based on prior art. No, I don't file patent applications on a regular basis.

So unless you are actually a patent lawyer, I will tell you that you know absolutely nothing and your arguments are uninformed.

Actually, that's part of the reason the patent system as it currently exists is broken (and that applies to all patents. Not just software patents). Because we let lawyers who don't understand technology or engineering make the decisions about what is patentable and what is not. The system would work better if we had a technocracy form of government and put technocrats in charge of running the patent office instead of lawyers.

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