Linked by David Adams on Mon 21st Mar 2011 20:08 UTC
Legal Microsoft is claiming that Android infringes its patents, and has chosen Barnes and Noble, which is using Android for its e-reader, as a target for its ire: "The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights."
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RE: Strategic lawsuit
by David on Mon 21st Mar 2011 20:45 UTC in reply to "Strategic lawsuit"
David
Member since:
1997-10-01

Yes. Microsoft has been suing vendors, such as Motorola, and has lined up HTC to pay a licensing fee. I've noticed that the full-frontal assault against Google directly hasn't happened yet. I doubt that MS really wants to have the issue resolved so definitively at this point.

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RE[2]: Strategic lawsuit
by Praxis on Mon 21st Mar 2011 21:32 in reply to "RE: Strategic lawsuit"
Praxis Member since:
2009-09-17

They like to sue people unlikely to fight back, Google would fight a suit to the bitter end, because if they give it would seriously undermine confidence in their product, and they generally have the legal and technical knowledge of their stuff needed to fight back, buy suing the hardware manufacturers one at a time, they reduce the chance anyone fights back.

The patents they are asserting right now seem to cover:
• Give people easy ways to navigate through information provided by their device apps via a separate control window with tabs;

• Enable display of a webpage’s content before the background image is received, allowing users to interact with the page faster;

• Allow apps to superimpose download status on top of the downloading content;

• Permit users to easily select text in a document and adjust that selection; and

• Provide users the ability to annotate text without changing the underlying document.

Is it just me or do these feel kinda weak, there has to be prior art somewhere or the full patent has to be ridiculously narrow. I can see why they don't take this directly to Google, Oracles case seems much more fundamental and dangerous.

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RE[3]: Strategic lawsuit
by phoenix on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Strategic lawsuit"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

• Enable display of a webpage’s content before the background image is received, allowing users to interact with the page faster;


What's the date on that patent? My 3+ year old Sony Ericsson w580i phone's built-in web browser has that feature.

• Allow apps to superimpose download status on top of the downloading content;


Same for this one.

• Permit users to easily select text in a document and adjust that selection; and


Would need to see how this works, as my w580i has a very simple to use mark, cut/copy, paste mechanism, using the arrow keys.

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RE[2]: Strategic lawsuit
by n4cer on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 00:05 in reply to "RE: Strategic lawsuit"
n4cer Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes. Microsoft has been suing vendors, such as Motorola, and has lined up HTC to pay a licensing fee. I've noticed that the full-frontal assault against Google directly hasn't happened yet. I doubt that MS really wants to have the issue resolved so definitively at this point.


Unlike the vendors, Google doesn't actually commercially distribute an implementation of the technologies. If Google started selling its own branded phone directly (or the CR-48s if ChromeOS is also affected), I'd expect a suit (or licensing agreement) to follow shortly.

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RE[3]: Strategic lawsuit
by Laurence on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 13:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Strategic lawsuit"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Unlike the vendors, Google doesn't actually commercially distribute an implementation of the technologies. If Google started selling its own branded phone directly (or the CR-48s if ChromeOS is also affected), I'd expect a suit (or licensing agreement) to follow shortly.

What about the G1, Nexus and Nexus S?

They were all Google branded phones (albeit built by other manufactorers behind the scenes)

Edited 2011-03-22 13:34 UTC

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