Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft and RIM have announced that RIM has licensed Redmond's exFAT patents. The press release contains a ridiculous amount of hyperbole nonsense, and if you translate it into regular people speak, it basically comes down to RIM paying Microsoft protection money for stupid nonsensical software patents. Ridiculous articles like like this make it seem as if we're talking about patents on major technological breakthroughs, but don't be fooled: this is because for some inexplicable reason, we're using crappy FAT for SD cards.
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Nothing wrong with this
by vaette on Wed 19th Sep 2012 08:11 UTC
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See, this I don't mind all that much. exFAT is a real specification designed entirely by Microsoft in recent times (first released 2006). I am not the least bit surprised that Microsoft has non-trivial intellectual property in it. On the other side, RIM is not paying up because they are using some trivial technique that happens to fall under a software patent, they are paying up because they are specifically implementing exFAT exactly as specified by Microsoft.

The only iffy part is that exFAT is so attached to a hardware standard in turn, but that does not seem to be the part people complain about.

I do think that the patent system needs to be reformed and reconsidered, but this is clearly not "paying Microsoft protection money", this is paying for the right to use a rather complete product that Microsoft designed.

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