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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vitae
Member since:
2006-02-20

Wouldn't the answer be that throughout software development history, the sharing of ideas and code so extensive as to make patents a waste of time? Whether you're talking about AT&T and the BSD crowd, Apple and Microsoft, or whomever, can any of them pretend that with out the other guys' ideas, their respective OSes (for example) wouldn't be what they are today, potentially still look and function like Xerox's original GUI? Something like 4 decades of sharing information, and all of a sudden now they want to enforce patents? Regardless of the state of the patent system, the corporations themselves need to be realistic about all this.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

vitae,

The problem is that more and more patents are filed with the intent of being used as legal weapons to take down other developers rather than being used to recoup one's own development costs.

In some cases, it's clear that more effort went into writing, obscuring, and filing the patent than into actually developing the "invention".

It's ass-backwards, but lawyers love it and they run the country.

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vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

True enough. But with the fact that most of these cases get settled with cash, even the infamous Apple vs. Microsoft one, there doesn't seem to be any real concern that actual intellectual property is being violated, and the patent system wasn't invented just so corporations could make more money through lawsuits. All I want to know is when does this come into play:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuse_of_process

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