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]: Comment by kovacm
by ichi on Fri 5th Aug 2011 08:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kovacm"
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They need "defensive" patents, because they know they are (willingly) infringing a number.

You say that as if it was an evil thing, when reality is you just can't write any piece of software without stepping on someone else's toes. Everything that can be patented has quite likely been patented (and then some just in case), there's a whole business based on trading in patents parasitizing software development.

If you are a small developer you can try flying under the radar of most patent owners, but big companies need the patents to get better deals through cross licensing (ie. deals that don't kill their own products) or just give a "if you mess with me I'll ass-rape you with my patent portfolio" stance.

It's the exact same reason why you'd want a nuclear arsenal.

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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Fri 5th Aug 2011 10:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
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I didn't mean to make it sound evil.

While I agree this software patent system is way out of control, I think we should also accept that it's the current set of rules which Google is breaking.

Google has made a habit of moving fast and deal with the consequences later.

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