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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Software patents are dangerous...
by vasper on Sat 9th Nov 2013 12:27 UTC
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Software patents hold down innovation. Every idea you come up with, you have to lookup because it could be infringing on some rediculous patent that says "a method for moving from point a to point b".

The only thing that should be patented is specific code, as to avoid plagiarism. Code style is unique and if someone copies an implementation from code, it shows and is proved quite easily.

If books had the same system of patents one wouldn't be able to write a story about... space travel because Paramount owns the rights to Star Trek.

I am very glad we don't have software patents in Europe....

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