Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:04 UTC, submitted by mbpark

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.

He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.

This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash.

Microsoft has not written a single line of Android code, yet rakes in the profits through scummy software patents. Crime does pay.

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"So you spend a lot of time on making the perfect burger for your restaurant. You patent it. I live on the other side of the planet and have never heard of your recipe or restaurant. I make a burger that I like for my restaurant and it is very similar to yours. Now I have to pay you 50 cent per burger I sell.

Do you think that would be a valid patent?
For me it seems an obvious invention.

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