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

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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majipoor
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You cannot patent math. 1+1=2 cannot be patented. Software is math. Ergo, software cannot be patented.


OK, I see the point even if I indeed do not agree because it is not the software which is patented here but the feature and the way it works.

When patenting pinch-to-zoom, Apple did not patent a formula or a piece of code, but the feature and some details on how to track touch inputs etc.

So hardware patents are the same for me: why would you be able to patent a the technology used to build a chip when it is only a matter of physics and how electrons are moving in copper wires?

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