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[7]: Patents are patents
by bnolsen on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:09 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Patents are patents"
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

the reality TODAY is that companies now purely exist to generate patents and sell their patent portfolio to the big guys to enable them to crush those innovative players who want to change the market.

The problem is that it costs lots of money to file, requires a lawyer to draft and file...more than 100k in our experience. Being a small business we can't afford this, and in addition we don't believe what we do should be patentable.

I'm amazed at the stupid stuff I've been seeing patented. The problem is that it costs $$ to defend if someone threatens you and that's a death kiss for a small business who typically does about break even.

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RE[8]: Patents are patents
by JAlexoid on Wed 6th Jul 2011 16:31 in reply to "RE[7]: Patents are patents"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The big guys find it easy to file simply because the patent lawyers are on their retainer 100% of the time. So it's done at no additional cost to them.
Small inventor will need to fork over at least $10'000 or €10'000(EU patent office) to file a patent.

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