Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th May 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by teigetje
Microsoft It turns out that a lot of people haven't been paying attention. Over the weekend, a story about how Microsoft is earning more from HTC's Android devices than from its own Windows Phone 7 sales spread all across the web, with surprised reactions everywhere. Anyone who has been paying attention to Microsoft's recent patent trolling regarding Android could've seen this coming.
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RE[3]: One of the many reasons ...
by _xmv on Sun 29th May 2011 23:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: One of the many reasons ..."
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

"...can you really blame Microsoft for using a system that is fully legal and endorsed?"

I think it should be customary that companies like Microsoft that have been convicted in the EU and US for monopoly abuse be kept on a short leash and a lot of these kinds of actions monitored closely.

theres nothing to be monitored. its fully, FULLY legal and you CAN abuse it in EVERY WAY.

That's the legal system that is broken with patents, not Microsoft. EVERY company takes advantage of it, if they can.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Please do make the US citizen pay for the broken patent system. This deal is why I will never buy a single HTC Android device. Microsoft already gets a lot from me in forms of racketeering, I don't want them getting even more via the HTC deal.
I mean, they will deny companies access to US market or their products, if they don't pay for each device sold globally.
They haven't stopped demanding payments off total number of products manufactured.

Call me old fashioned, but I don't believe that I have to pay even $5 patent license to Microsoft for a patent that is not valid in the country I buy the device in, device was manufactured in and the OEM is located in. I would be OK with paying that extra $5 for Moto products, because Moto is subject to US laws. But not HTC(Taiwan), Samsung(Korea), ZTE(China) or LG(Korea).
In short, I see that Microsoft is abusing US patent system to enforce US patents globally.

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

No, not every. Crooked system gives options to crooks, not to everyone.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Then what is wrong should be fixed:

http://www.fixcongressfirst.org/

(I don't really know anything about them, my guess is they feel the same way amount US politics I do. It is all about money instead of politics)

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adinas Member since:
2005-08-17

In fact, by not suing they may be braking the law since they are obligated to make as much money for their share holders as possible, by law.

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japh Member since:
2005-11-11

In fact, by not suing they may be braking the law since they are obligated to make as much money for their share holders as possible, by law.


Can you show me that law? Does it say anything about long term or short term? Does it say you have to make as much money as possible no matter what it does to the public image of the company?

What you write is of course nonsense.
They wouldn't have to sue if they didn't want to.

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