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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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:

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:

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Yamin Member since:

Trying to find logic in the legal system are we?
Now who is is illogical ;)

Yes, most of it is not concerned with real intellectual property protection. I think on a grander scale it is done to prevent the 'race to 0' of making everything a commodity.

On this point I am a little sympathetic.

Back in the ATT days, a lot of R&D was funded by the reality that the telecom companies had a monopoly on telecom service. It's easy to spend money on R&D with a guaranteed cash stream. This is the era where C++ was born.

Then came the idea that monopolies were bad and we needed to separate the R&D and equipment part from the service provision. Well that cut off the constant cash flow to the R&D, and over time these areas filled with competition and shareholders...

Combine this with globalization and it's even increased. Combine this again with open source and it's increased more. The result is how to keep any kind of cashflow to keep your company afloat. You use the final means you have... the legal system, Apple style supply chain hoarding... That's where we are now.

I'm not saying we should go back to monopoly, but I am sympathetic to the realities of running a business. This field moves so quickly and this become cheap and a commodity so fast, it's hard to keep any kind of stable business.

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