Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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how about
by shotsman on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:31 UTC
shotsman
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2005-07-22

These manufacturers give two fingers to the US market and sell exclusivey to the rest of the world.
After all, even the Eu is a bigger market place that the US of A. Add that to the rest of the world where thay don't pay for Windows anyway, you have a vibrant market.
Then guys, advertise the fact that you haven't been Microsoft's bitch then you are onto a winner.
Why not let Microsoft wall up their own backyard and leave the rest of the world to get on with business eh?

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RE: how about
by MattPie on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:34 in reply to "how about"
MattPie Member since:
2006-04-18

These manufacturers give two fingers to the US market and sell exclusivey to the rest of the world.

Chopping off a significant portion of your target market for ideology is rarely a good business idea.

Edited 2010-10-28 18:34 UTC

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RE[2]: how about
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 22:09 in reply to "RE: how about"
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2007-02-17

These manufacturers give two fingers to the US market and sell exclusivey to the rest of the world. Chopping off a significant portion of your target market for ideology is rarely a good business idea.


If this is so, why don't Microsoft write their applications to be easily portable, so that they could sell the exact same version of MS Office for Windows, Mac and Linux?

Doing that would expand the market into which Microsoft could sell Office, and it would also mean that Microsoft would not have to spend energy and money on lawyers trying to suppress other operating systems.

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RE[2]: how about
by JAlexoid on Fri 29th Oct 2010 22:28 in reply to "RE: how about"
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2009-05-19

Chopping off a significant portion of your target market for ideology is rarely a good business idea.


I totally agree, it's just I don't agree that the royalties for patents that are valid in one, or a small number of countries, would be spread out globally. Specially, where the company that pays the patent royalties isn't even based in US (I'm talking HTC, Asus...).

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RE: how about
by bogomipz on Thu 28th Oct 2010 20:19 in reply to "how about"
bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

I had the same or similar thoughts. Why on earth would US laws affect these Asian companies to a significant degree? Sure it can prevent them from selling devices in the US, but isn't the rest of the world a big enough market for these products to be successful? If the US does not want to be a functional market place, why bother to play there?

When Europe and Asia have a butt load of insanely great mobile products, while US consumers suffer under Apple and MS dictatorship, citizens will make some noise. Either the government will finally "get it", or it will show its real face, betray its people, and work against what the country is supposed to be all about. Land of opportunity, my ass.

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