Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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RE[4]: Patents are patents
by WorknMan on Tue 5th Jul 2011 23:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Patents are patents"
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They may be within their rights according to the law - but just because something's a law doesn't make it right.

If they're operating within their rights according to the law, then they're most definitely not criminal.

Maybe what they're doing is technically 'immoral', and maybe it isn't. But the fact is that these giant corporations have been suing each other on a regular basis for as long as I have been following tech news, and no amount of bitching on blogs like this has changed a goddamn thing.

Therefore, please stop writing about these patent lawsuits. The only thing you're doing by proclaiming from the rooftops that 'software patents are wrong/broken' is preaching to the choir, and I can't imagine that even the choir hasn't gotten sick of this rhetoric.

Not saying I agree, and not saying I disagree either. Point is, I'm not the one getting sued, so I don't give a shit. If company x being sued because of patent y means that I have to pay an additional $2 for product z, I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

Enough is enough already.

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RE[5]: Patents are patents
by JAlexoid on Wed 6th Jul 2011 15:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Patents are patents"
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You are not familiar with supply chain finances, are you?
That $2 on a product will be inflated to $20 with no problems. A few % here and a few % there...

And no, if you lower your guard you'll end up with the same software patent laws as US. One of my acquaintances an EU "lobbyist" and an IP lawyer said that the big companies that were pushing software patents on EU are just playing the waiting game at the moment. Waiting for exactly the "Enough is enough already."

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danger_nakamura Member since:

In my experience there is no such thing as "technically" immoral. A thing is either immoral or not.

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