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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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Deviate_X on Thu 7th Nov 2013 14:05 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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The fact that you are willing to sacrifice the progress of technology ...

What about Fraunhofer and the MP3? are they criminals?

I can't see any evidence in what you have written showing that progress in technology has been impeded by patents.

Patents and licensing schemes are the only means we have of protecting past invention in technology which motivates new R&D, both large and small players benefit financially from patent rights and licensing.

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