Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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Thom has it backwards
by MollyC on Wed 28th Sep 2011 19:06 UTC
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Adroid is just a copycat of other OSes, and that's precisely because Google didn't bother to think of anything new, and that's in part because they willfully violate patents rather than thinking of new ways to do things. They decided to just copy and give their software away for free, thus undercutting everyone else while stagnating innovation themselves.

Were it up to Google, innovation would stop with Android. And nobody else could enter the market because you can't compete against "free".

Well, Android's not so free anymore, and Google might finally have to actually innovate to think of ways to do things that don't violate existing patents.

Lastly, Google could've licensed the Microosft patents years ago for a pittance, but were too arrogant or too shady or to "clever" to do so ("clever" as in, "since we don't charge directly for our software, we can violate patents willy-nilly and nobody can sue us!! Our "partners" will have to deal with it, but that's their problem; we'll make sure its their problem and not ours by refusing indemnification.") Instead of licensing those patents for only a few million dollars years ago, or better yet, enter into a cross-licensing deal, they decided to violate the patents and years later had to pay over twelve BILLION for a failing Motorola company in order to get some outdated patents fatten their meager patent portfolio. Samsung wasn't too impressed with those Motorola patents, apparently.

I'll allow that Google's violation of Apple patents couldn't have been prevented by licensing them for a pittance years ago because Apple doesn't offer its patents for licensing; they instead just force competing products off the market without giveing the competitors even a chance to license the patents in question. But Google could've licensed the MS patents years ago for cheap.

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