Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2012 10:48 UTC
Legal Groklaw nails it: "In other words, [Apple and Microsoft] want to disarm the companies that got there first, built the standards, and created the field, while the come-later types clean up on patents on things like slide to unlock or a tablet shape with rounded corners. Then the money flows to Apple and Microsoft, and away from Android - and isn't that really the point of all this, to destroy Android by hook or by crook? The parties who were in the mobile phone business years before Apple or Microsoft even thought about doing it thus get nothing much for their earlier issued patents that have become standards. Apple and Microsoft can't compete on an even field, because the patent system rewards the first to invent (or now, after the recent patent reform, the first to file). Neither Apple nor Microsoft got there first. Samsung was there, since the '90s." To illustrate: Apple is demanding $24 (!) per Samsung device for design patents, while at the same time, Apple also demands that Samsung does not charge more than $0.0049 per standards essential patent per device. This is absolutely, utterly, and entirely indefensible. And then Apple and its supporters have the nerve to claim Samsung is ripping them off. Yes, this pisses me off, and no, that's not because it's Apple doing it (Microsoft is just as guilty). It's because this is plainly, utterly, clearly, and intrinsically unfair.
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by kurkosdr on Sun 29th Jul 2012 21:18 UTC
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As long as Motorola Mobility is under Google ownership, there will be at least one brand that makes Androids and doesn't pay extortion royalties.

For some reason, I can't imagine Google agreeing to pay MS and Apple said extortion royalties. Google will redesign and redesign the products to remove any "infrigments" of "patents" the courts found and fight to invalidate the dubious patents MS and Apple are flashing, but one thing they are not going to do is bend over.

So, eventually MS and Apple will have to butt heads with Google directly, much like the IBM vs SCO situation (remember, SCO didn't go directly for IBM either), and the whole thing will end.

Edited 2012-07-29 21:20 UTC

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