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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*If* you want "software patent protection" over and above copyright, trade secrets etc..
(A) your code needs to be scrutinised harder than currently and held to a much higher of ingenuity and inventiveness by a PANEL of known experts in various software types
PLUS (B) if your patent is granted, all your code has to be be then published on a central repository of patented code. So basically if you want and or need this added protection of the patent, your code has to be effectively open sourced - not ostensibly for any political reasons, purely for visibility and openness, people NEED to be able to check their not infringing existing code when they're developing new code after all.

All current patents should be assessed against the new standard and either (1) tossed out, maybe with a refund of the application cost but no more.
Or (2) offer the chance of becoming a new upgraded patent but with the proviso that the code needs to be published on aforementioned public repository.

*or, the alternative* will be to not patent your code, have existing copyright protections and trade secret protection etc, and get to keep your code secret longer term too - obviously open to reverse engineering but you pays your money and you takes your chances..

Is that a silly idea...... ??

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