Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jun 2014 08:32 UTC

A list of hundreds of patents that Microsoft believes entitle it to royalties over Android phones, and perhaps smartphones in general, has been published on a Chinese language website.

The patents Microsoft plans to wield against Android describe a range of technologies. They include lots of technologies developed at Microsoft, as well as patents that Microsoft acquired by participating in the Rockstar Consortium, which spent $4.5 billion on patents that were auctioned off after the Nortel bankruptcy.

These are the secret patents Microsoft's patent mafia uses as a club to beat other companies into paying protection money.

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RE[3]: Well...
by JLF65 on Tue 17th Jun 2014 17:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well..."
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So what do you suggest, no patents at all? I'm sorry, but it simply doesn't work that way. If there is no patent system at all, then the small-time inventors would have no incentive to invent, since there wouldn't be a system in place to protect them from corporations stealing their hard work. Even with the current system, that kind of thing does happen, but at least there is a way to fight for their work.

I'd love to know what your idea of a working system would be, especially if it's patent-less. You've highlighted some of the worst aspects of the current, admittedly broken U.S. Patent system, but ignored the merits of it. Let's hear a better alternative.

No patents at all is much better. Don't believe it? How soon people forget, but no patents at all was commonplace until just recently. ESPECIALLY in software. Patents on software were uncommon and unenforceable until some time in the 90s. Bill Gates himself claimed that patents get in the way of software companies, and that MS only thrived when there were no software patents.

People will invent and create regardless of any "protections" - always have, always will. Patents and copyrights are merely a current fad that keeps unemployable lawyers off the streets. They might have brainwashed some idiots into thinking they are a necessary part of modern society, but any thinking person knows better. We continue to advance DESPITE IP laws, not because of them.

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