Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jul 2011 14:00 UTC
Microsoft Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout, I totally did not see this one coming at all. This is so utterly surprising it made my brain explode. Hold on to your panties, because this will rock your world. After pressuring several smaller Android vendors into submission (and yes, HTC is still relatively small compared to other players), Microsoft is now moving on to the big one: Redmond is demanding $15 for every Samsung Android device sold. Samsung's choices are simple: pay up, or face another epic lawsuit.
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by Tractor on Thu 7th Jul 2011 08:58 UTC
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Just looking at the strategy used by Microsoft is enough to smell it stinky.

If they had any valid claim, they would display it, shout about it, show the patents much more openly, and make it sure it would go to court.

But they are doing exactly the contrary (and indeed this looks a lot like what happened a few years ago with Linux claims, which were all invalidated) :
sue small players, preferably non US companies that know they will lose on US soil, both for racism & protectionism reasons and for lack of knowledge how this specific extortion system works, and then use the blackmailed companies as "proof" that their undisplayed "patents" are legit.

I'm not an anti-Microsoft agent, i've never been a Linux fan, and like Apple even less than MS, but here, Microsoft is really going too far into the wrong direction. I can't support such company, and will now make sure i'll not contribute to their war chest in any way, neither directly nor indirectly.

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