Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2011 21:38 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The Google-Microsoft patent war of words is continuing. Yesterday, Google (rightfully so, in my book) accused Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle partaking in an organised patent attack against Android, instead of competing on merit, claiming that they bought up Novell's and Nortel's patents solely to attack Android and its device makers. Microsoft struck back, claiming Google was offered to join in on the bids for the Novell patents, but rejected the offer. Google has now responded to this accusation - and to make matters even more confusing, Microsoft responded back. A public shouting match between two powerful parties? Count me in!
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RE[2]: Google is lying...
by tomcat on Fri 5th Aug 2011 02:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Google is lying..."
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

It's a full out PR war by now, so get used to it. In addition, whiners get a lot what they whine about. So it might not be a good PR stunt to whine, but it gets things done...


It's not going to amount to squat in the court room, where it matters.

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RE[3]: Google is lying...
by przemo_li on Fri 5th Aug 2011 04:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Google is lying..."
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

Yeap. You can lawfully assert cash from patents thats are about anything (including 3 000y old round shape of wheel), just because there are no cheap lawfull ways to defend from troll. All lawful (in USA at least).

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RE[3]: Google is lying...
by Soulbender on Fri 5th Aug 2011 15:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Google is lying..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

True, but Google's got money and that's what matters in U.S courts.

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RE[4]: Google is lying...
by tomcat on Fri 5th Aug 2011 17:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Google is lying..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

True, but Google's got money and that's what matters in U.S courts.


So what. Its competitors have a huge pile of cash, too, and they're obviously not afraid to spend it. Google is going to come out on the losing end of this. They simply have to understand that they need to license the patents and get it over with. The problem, though, for Android is that its entire value proposition is based on being "free" compared to its competitors. Take that away by forcing Google to pay patent royalties, and you have a very level playing field. Of course, Google could just absorb the cost of the patent royalties and keep Android free, but we're talking about billions of dollars here. I doubt that Google would do that because it would hurt its bottom line, and it would be ongoing...

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RE[3]: Google is lying...
by JAlexoid on Mon 8th Aug 2011 02:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Google is lying..."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

This bickering is not about the courtroom, it's about the laws. The lawsuits are just examples to be exaggerated.
Don't forget that laws are mostly created by a small number of people. Even the US constitution was created by a few activists...

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RE[4]: Google is lying...
by tomcat on Mon 8th Aug 2011 23:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Google is lying..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

This bickering is not about the courtroom, it's about the laws. The lawsuits are just examples to be exaggerated.
Don't forget that laws are mostly created by a small number of people. Even the US constitution was created by a few activists...


Not sure what point you're trying to make. The laws guide the courtroom. Nobody is going to change the laws. Ergo, it's an argument signifying nothing.

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