Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 21:51 UTC, submitted by Beta
Legal "Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, began arguing its U.S. trade case that Android-based smartphones made by Motorola Mobility Holdings use technology derived from Microsoft inventions. In a trial that began today before the International Trade Commission in Washington, Microsoft accused Motorola Mobility of infringing seven of its patents and requested a halt to imports of certain Motorola phones. The ITC has the power to stop imports of products that violate U.S. patent rights." Hey at least these patent trolls ensure we got stuff to write about.
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RE[2]: The Link
by testman on Thu 25th Aug 2011 01:50 UTC in reply to "RE: The Link"
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For big corporation there is always a strong temptation to behave like a big street gang, suppressing competitors with robbery and bribes.

It happens in small businesses too, especially ones that compete directly with one another. Corporations are in fact bound by far more stringent laws than small business in most countries and are subject to a much higher degree of scrutiny.

Make no mistake, your preferred "Mom 'n Pop" cornerstore would fight tooth and nail to protect their business from a competitor that opened in their neighbourhood. It's their livelihood, and people have always fought for their livelihoods in whatever way they are permitted or can get away with.

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