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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"Moreover, in order to be valid, a patent do not have to be difficult to invent. The velcro was not difficult to invent: it was just a very smart idea.

Velcro is a physical invention. It started out as an idea. But anybody can have an idea. The patent was for actually making something.

Imagine that years before the invention of Velcro somebody had the idea of Velcro and patented it. Somebody else really made it but now has to pay Velcro because he patented the idea.

Idea patents are stupid and bad for everybody but big established corporations. And they really don't need any extra help to make billions.
Nope, read back the story of the velcro, the guy 'invented' nothing, he just copied nature :

People copying nature, patenting the genome, shouldn't be allowed to patent anything, since there is obvious prior art and anybody could have made it too.

The manufacturing process of making velcro might yet be patented.


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