Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft and RIM have announced that RIM has licensed Redmond's exFAT patents. The press release contains a ridiculous amount of hyperbole nonsense, and if you translate it into regular people speak, it basically comes down to RIM paying Microsoft protection money for stupid nonsensical software patents. Ridiculous articles like like this make it seem as if we're talking about patents on major technological breakthroughs, but don't be fooled: this is because for some inexplicable reason, we're using crappy FAT for SD cards.
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RE: How silly Thom!
by Alfman on Wed 19th Sep 2012 20:09 UTC in reply to "How silly Thom!"
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"It is not protection. RIM for some reason needed to have extra code and full use of exfat for their product or series of products. So why not pay for what you need?"

It's *possible* that RIM genuinely gained some MS technology in the deal, but I wouldn't say it's a forgone conclusion. Do you know for a fact that RIM needed or wanted MS code? Or are they paying royalties over functionality that their own engineers have already implemented themselves?

You might just call it a business transaction and leave it at that, but all too often these patent licensing deals are about avoiding lawsuits and have nothing to do with the technology.

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