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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I would absolutely call software patents as they are used today both immoral AND unethical. It's just not illegal. And yes, this whole software patent crap stuff is just a symptom of bigger issues.

One of my philosophies of government is that policies should not discourage people and entities from doing what is right. In the case of the patent system regarding software and methods that policy currently incentivizes players to do what is immoral and unethical to crush any possible competition.

And yes, I am owner and developer for one of those software companies that uses applied physics, dynamic systems modelling and image processing and to solve problems. And yes, our technology does indirectly compete with some of these big players, including the "big three". We're still too small to get any bad attention.

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