Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 21:57 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well well well well well, paint me red and call me a girly scout. I've been saying for months now that there's much more collaboration between Apple and Microsoft than their respective fanboys want to believe, especially when it comes to fighting Google and Android, which both companies partly do via patent suits. More evidence for this has emerged today. Remember CPTN Holdings, the consortium led by Microsoft which bought that bundle of patents from Novell? Which other companies are part of this consortium? EMC. Oracle. Apple.
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Patents are a way to keep things expensive
by MadRat on Sun 19th Dec 2010 15:51 UTC
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The way these companies use patents is to stifle competition while holding all of their hands over the cookie jar. None of them are particularly innovative on face value, they simple hedge developments and try to gain exclusivity over them. This is the opposite of innovation.

In the end these patents cost society by introducing artificial and needless roadblocks to new developments.

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