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]: Zero surprise.
by fewt on Sun 31st Oct 2010 12:13 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Zero surprise."
fewt
Member since:
2010-06-09

"Microsoft is asking a company to pay for a license to Microsoft patents which the company's products do not embody?"

You have no evidence that Android contains no Microsoft patented technology. Your comment is purely speculation.

"Why am I not surprised?"

It is easy for you to jump to conclusions it seems. A common artifact of a paranoid delusion.

"BTW, it occurs to me to ponder ... why would anybody who is not working for Microsoft's interests, on a topic where someone started out by claiming that "they are no fan of Microsoft", be afraid to give us their opinion on that point?"

What could possibly be holding you back, fewt?"

Oh, I see. So I get a paycheck from Microsoft too, huh. I hadn't given an opinion because I don't have all of the facts. What I do know though is that you don't have all of the facts either, yet here you are pretending that you do. If Microsoft has patents on technology in Android, Microsoft has a right to royalties on device sales within countries where patent laws allow it. This is the law, even if you don't like it. These various vendors are free to take Microsoft to court if they believe that Microsoft is wrong.

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RE[6]: Zero surprise.
by TheGZeus on Tue 2nd Nov 2010 21:01 in reply to "RE[5]: Zero surprise."
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

No evidence? Patents are public record, and the code is there to read.

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