Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:04 UTC, submitted by mbpark
Microsoft

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.

He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.

This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash.

Microsoft has not written a single line of Android code, yet rakes in the profits through scummy software patents. Crime does pay.

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majipoor
Member since:
2009-01-22

I live on the other side of the planet and have never heard of your recipe or restaurant.


Yeah, because Google never heard of Microsoft and their patents when implementing Android.

There is for sure a lot to dislike about the current patent system, but it is amazing how much BS we can see coming from techies on forums on this subject.

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Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

Yeah, because Google never heard of Microsoft and their patents when implementing Android.


But then again, Android was already implemented before Google acquired it.

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majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"Yeah, because Google never heard of Microsoft and their patents when implementing Android.


But then again, Android was already implemented before Google acquired it.
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Yes, but not fully (Google did modify it a lot I guess) and not that long before Google acquired it and probably after Microsoft did register their patents.

Is your point that Google should be free to use the patented technologies because it was Android (the company) which implemented the OS before the acquisition? In this case, your point is obviously not valid, because when one company acquire another company, they take the full responsibility for everything the acquired company did in the past.

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

There is for sure a lot to dislike about the current patent system, but it is amazing how much BS we can see coming from techies on forums on this subject.

That is because techies know how trivial those patents are. Non techies think it is really difficult to 'invent' bounce back scrolling.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

...and/or people with an agenda.

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majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

That is because techies know how trivial those patents are. Non techies think it is really difficult to 'invent' bounce back scrolling.


I don't know how techies who don't even know what patents we are talking about (in this case as nobody actually know hat patents are involved in the MS deal) could decide whether the patent is valid.

Moreover, in order to be valid, a patent do not have to be difficult to invent. The velcro was not difficult to invent: it was just a very smart idea.

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