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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Extortion
by saidge@yahoo.com on Wed 6th Jul 2011 20:38 UTC
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Could someone please explain when extortion became legal for companies? Surely demanding money under the threat of legal action is criminal extortion. It's not as if a any legal entity has ruled that Android does in fact infringe on Microsoft's patents, nor have many of Microsoft's patents had their validity properly scrutinized in a court of law.

Not that this is necessary under the current legal system, but from a moral and ethics perspective it is most certainly extortion.

I'm surprised no fortune 100 company has tried to patent the wheel in some obscure and complicated language with equally obscure diagrams depicting design, use, and functionality... and then threaten small-time roller skate manufacturers that don't have the financial means to defend themselves with legal action if they don't pay up.

Seriously. What happened to america?

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