Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Apr 2013 22:27 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Microsoft "One company - Taiwan's Foxconn - makes a staggering 40 percent of the world's consumer electronic devices. Starting now, Microsoft will be getting paid a toll on many of those devices. The company's long patent-licensing campaign has landed its biggest client yet in licensing Foxconn, formally named Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Foxconn has agreed to take a license for any product it produces that runs Google's Android or Chrome operating systems." More protection money for the Microsoft patent mafia.
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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by skpg on Thu 18th Apr 2013 00:58 UTC in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
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2012-09-21

It's easier to attack smaller targets like HTC or Foxconn because they don't have Apple's, Google's or Samsung's money to defend in courts. And they don't have many patents of their own to countersue.

I think taiwanese companies - Asus, VIA, Acer, Foxconn, HTC - should assemble a national pool of patents to defend against the likes of Microsoft. Korean companies like Samsung should do the same. Chinese companies don't have to worry as much.

We are blessed in EU, we don't produce almost any electronic devices so no one can sue us


Microsoft has been doing this for decades through copyright law. Now they are abusing patent law too.

Microsoft is heavily dependent on copyright and patents for their monopoly to function. As you know 70% of Microsoft's profits come from windows and office, that means 70% of their profits comes from copyright licensing fees, now they are getting patent fees too.

Not only does copyright protect Microsoft's software from being redistributed, it also protects their source code, their api, their kernel from being used by any software developer (ie preventing windows from being forked). For example direct x can only be used in the windows operating system, if ms wanted to be more fair they can at least make DX open source and cross platform but because their software is protected under IP they don't have to. Therefore the consumer is locked to using windows for their gaming needs. Windows of course despite the support it gets, is terrible for gaming.

Edited 2013-04-18 01:12 UTC

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