Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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RE[4]: Google is lying...
by tomcat on Fri 5th Aug 2011 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Google is lying..."
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True, but Google's got money and that's what matters in U.S courts.

So what. Its competitors have a huge pile of cash, too, and they're obviously not afraid to spend it. Google is going to come out on the losing end of this. They simply have to understand that they need to license the patents and get it over with. The problem, though, for Android is that its entire value proposition is based on being "free" compared to its competitors. Take that away by forcing Google to pay patent royalties, and you have a very level playing field. Of course, Google could just absorb the cost of the patent royalties and keep Android free, but we're talking about billions of dollars here. I doubt that Google would do that because it would hurt its bottom line, and it would be ongoing...

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