Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Oct 2010 10:09 UTC
Google Google's big Android chief Andy Rubin has given an interview to PC Magazine, in which he touches on some interesting topics. Sadly, PC Magazine didn't ask about the patent situation and why Google is seemingly letting its OEMs fend for themselves, but there's still a lot of other interesting stuff in there.
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Patent trolls?
by drstorm on Sat 9th Oct 2010 23:43 UTC
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[...] patent trolling by companies like Microsoft and Apple.

Are you sure you know what a patent troll is?

If you do, could you please define it for me?

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RE: Patent trolls?
by gus3 on Sun 10th Oct 2010 06:27 in reply to "Patent trolls?"
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A typical patent troll acquires a patent for the purpose of suing the patent's violators, where the patent's previous owner had insufficient resources to do so.

In the case of Microsoft (and maybe Apple), acquiring the patent was part of buying out a competitor. This buy-out intended to put the competitor out of business, in order to pose no more legal threat. Remember, Microsoft is a convicted monopolist.

WRT Microsoft and Apple, it doesn't really matter which case applies here.

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