Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 21:57 UTC, submitted by Drake
Legal Say what you want about Twitter - pointless, annoying, noise, useless - at least the company has its heart in the right place. Twitter just announced the Innovator's Patent Agreement, a promise not use their or their employees' patents offensively. In a world where yesterday's innovators are today's patent trolls - Apple, Microsoft, Oracle - this is a big deal.
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RE[5]: Patent troll?
by Savior on Wed 18th Apr 2012 09:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Patent troll?"
Savior
Member since:
2006-09-02

You can't claim Apple/Microsoft often don't want to do anything with their patents.
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You degrade the term offering no differences between for example a real company like Microsoft or a shady one that produces nothing and just buys patents to sue.


Because the way Microsoft gets royalties after Android phones sold by other companies is completely different from "produces nothing and just buys patents to sue", right?

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RE[6]: Patent troll?
by MOS6510 on Wed 18th Apr 2012 09:47 in reply to "RE[5]: Patent troll?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Microsoft hasn't sued those companies, they threaten to sue unless they license patented technology. These patents may be disputed, but most "targets" tend to license. Even so, these patents, valid or not, belong to Microsoft, are/were in use by Microsoft and Microsoft does a whole lot more than collecting patent money.

Compare this to companies that run from a small office and do nothing else but buying patents with the SOLE intent to sue. Their whole business is focussed on this, it's their only business, all employees, both of them, do nothing else but patent related stuff.

Besides, if Microsoft doesn't make those companies license their patents or sue they risk invalidating their patents.

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RE[7]: Patent troll?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 09:51 in reply to "RE[6]: Patent troll?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Besides, if Microsoft doesn't make those companies license their patents or sue they risk invalidating their patents.


This only applies to trademarks, not patents or copyright.

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RE[7]: Patent troll?
by kwan_e on Wed 18th Apr 2012 11:52 in reply to "RE[6]: Patent troll?"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Microsoft hasn't sued those companies, they threaten to sue unless they license patented technology. These patents may be disputed, but most "targets" tend to license.


The mafia hasn't broken my knee caps. They only threaten to break my knee caps if I don't pay them protection money. The fairness of the relationship may be disputed, but I tend to choose the "intact knee caps" option.

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