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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The problem is that more and more patents are filed with the intent of being used as legal weapons to take down other developers rather than being used to recoup one's own development costs.

In some cases, it's clear that more effort went into writing, obscuring, and filing the patent than into actually developing the "invention".

It's ass-backwards, but lawyers love it and they run the country.

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