Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Mar 2013 23:16 UTC
Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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RE[5]: Hyperbole
by novad on Fri 29th Mar 2013 14:49 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hyperbole"
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'hate of Google' really?

Yes really... If you take only your posts in this thread out of the general context there could be a doubt. But your history on OSnews speaks by itself

There is nothing factually wrong about the statement that Google is engaged in several legal actions in which it has deployed FRAND standard based patents.

You're right but... Where did I state something else, or where did I say Google is a philantropic company? I appreaciate THIS move. I think it's positive START and should be extended to show a real advance with the IP "problem"

It's conceivable that IP litigation has done all sorts of hidden damage to the tech industry just as it's conceivable that Elvis is alive and well and in hiding somewhere. But there is not the slightest shred of evidence to support either proposition.

I hope this is part of your "cynicism" or you just lost any credibility.

There is however the evidence of many large tech companies making mobile devices and several different mobile operating platforms in play in the market, and I cannot for the life of me see any significant feature or technical aspect of any of those devices or operating systems that is present on one but not the others as a result of IP litigation.

Each of these not so many companies is engaged in numerous legal actions which cost insane amouts of money that are taken from R&D and our own pockets when we pay the "legal tax" on each device. How many smaller companies without an army of lawyers were sued to hell??? Not being able to name them doesn't mean the didn't exist.

it's just that it is so often discussed in a such an overblown, hysterical and doom laden way that rational discourse becomes impossible.

You must admit that your "style" is not exactly the best example for non overblown or hysterical discussion.

IP litigation is a bit of problem, but not a very big one and certainly not one that will decide the fate or direction of the industry or of any remotely major aspect of technical innovation.

Google vs Oracle / Samsung vs Apple / VP8 / Preventive sell Ban of devices in Germany and many many others...

Well... I would say this is a major problem and that it touches major aspects of technical innovation.

This patent initiative by Google ... is utterly trivial...

I don't think it is but what if??? It doesn't hurt; nobody gets sued; nobody must pay anything for it; maybe some can even use these few patents.

With a bit of luck it "could" evolve to something really usefull for innovation

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