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

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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You cannot patent math. 1+1=2 cannot be patented. Software is math. Ergo, software cannot be patented.

OK, I see the point even if I indeed do not agree because it is not the software which is patented here but the feature and the way it works.

When patenting pinch-to-zoom, Apple did not patent a formula or a piece of code, but the feature and some details on how to track touch inputs etc.

So hardware patents are the same for me: why would you be able to patent a the technology used to build a chip when it is only a matter of physics and how electrons are moving in copper wires?

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bnolsen Member since:

because the technique and method of growing the transistor requires special machinery to manufacture the chip. That stuff is patentable. How the circuitry is organized on the chip? That seems to be more a copyright issue than anything.

Some of the non manufacturing related chip patents are also method patents as well and should be tossed in the same bin as software patents.

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