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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RE[5]: Comment by rubberneck
by imthefrizzlefry on Thu 28th Oct 2010 23:51 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by rubberneck"
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I think the problem is that these patents don't seem to promote the progress of the sciences or the useful arts. All they seem to do is make the market less competitive by forcing companies to pay large sums of "protection" money, or go out of business trying to fight it in civil court.

After making a claim, Microsoft will require a court order for every line of code that needs to be questioned, meaning that both parties need to pay large court fees. In the end, who ever has the biggest budget will win.

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