Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:34 UTC, submitted by sb56637
Legal Blah blah Apple whines about a bunch of software patents again. Go cry in a corner, Jobs. Either find a strategy that counters the rise of Android, or just suck it up and be a man about it. Oh, HTC is the target this time around. Again. Whatever.
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RE[2]: So....
by Nelson on Tue 12th Jul 2011 15:14 UTC in reply to "RE: So...."
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So what? The legal costs are extraordinarily high in just those countries alone. Plus, the resulting damages should they actually infringe on any of the patents in question would be staggering.

Hence why HTC and other Android OEMs are Microsoft patent licensees. Meaning Microsoft makes money for every handset sold globally, for patents in the United States.

So they are not insulated from the thread of patent litigation simply because it is a United States law.

My point is; that Android is not free if they have to:

A) License patents from Microsoft (and given the fact that HTC and others have done so, they've decided that the risk isnt worth the reward of dragging it out in the courts)
B) If they DONT settle, then they need to pay exorbitant legal fees, and even more in damages should they lose.

Android is not free, there are hidden costs everywhere. Thats just one of them.

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