Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2012 23:40 UTC
Legal "We learned on January 31 that Barnes & Noble had suffered a major setback in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed against the company by Microsoft. That day, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission had tossed out the company's key defense, that Microsoft was engaging in 'patent misuse' as part of a larger scheme to 'kill Android'. Today the full opinion has been made public." Microsoft's protection racket might be legal, but that doesn't make it moral. It's based on software patents, and is thus, by definition, morally reprehensible and sleazy.
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RE: Software patents as usual
by TechGeek on Fri 17th Feb 2012 00:04 UTC in reply to "Software patents as usual"
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Actually fat32 is NOT one of the 5 patents that Microsoft is suing B&N over. Of the 5, Microsoft withdrew 2 and the other 3 are likely to be overturned on blatant prior art (45 pages of citations). That they were even able to get the patents in the first place just goes to show you that everyone lies when it comes to prior art.

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