Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:17 UTC
Legal I stopped following all the patent trolling in the mobile industry months ago because, you know, I have a life, but apparently some big ruling just got handed down in the United States: using three software patents, a patent troll from Cupertino has been given an injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, imposing a ban on the device. This patent trolling has to stop, blah, blah, we've all been here before. If you need me, I'll be over there on the sofa remembering the good old days when Cupertino was famous for great products, instead of infamous for its patent troll.
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Whiles I respect your POV I'm sorry, Android is not free.
Well, not to the likes of Samsung etc.
They have to pay Microsoft a tithe for every device they sell. That is not free IMHO.

What is worse is that in the battle between WinRT and Android tablets, the ONLY clear winner is Microsoft.
You either pay MS directly and use a WinRT device or you use an Android device and pay them indirectly.

IMHO that is a worse situation than the battles with Apple.

The Android makers could produce a design of H/W that does not infringe Apple's 'rounded corners' or other design patents (And some have done exactly that) but as it stands there is no way for an Android device maker to escape the MS Patent Tax.

Finally, my message to Microsoft, Google et al in the android camp and Apple in respect of these silly patents is 'A plague on all your houses'.

In this Tricentenary Year of the Newcomen Steam Engine the head honchos in those companies could do well to read the history of 'Boulton & Watt' vs Richard Trethivick and how he innovated to make their patents irrlevant. He also invented devices that made Steam Boilers safter that he deliberately didn't patent because they were vital to the future of steam power. I take my hat off(Brunel stove pipe naturally) to him.

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