Microsoft boasts patent licenses with over half of Android market

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  • Reply 41 of 46
    tsatsa Posts: 129member
    So if this goes on MS will be the first company that earns its money not by selling products or services but by ripping off other companies that violate their patents. A sort of legal patent troll. Maybe that has to happen first before patent laws will change.
  • Reply 42 of 46
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    Originally Posted by AbsoluteDesignz View Post


    I'm pretty sure every electronics company in existence violates at least 1 of Microsoft's patents...not hard to strong arm a smaller company into complying with Microsoft's wishes.



    If they are violating Microsoft's patents its not strong arming, it's organizing payment for the use of a property that belongs to Microsoft, in the same way that Microsoft pay other companies for the use of patents in Microsoft products.



    When you go to the grocery store the check-out chick doesn't have to strong arm the payment out of you as you leave, unless of course you were planning on stealing.



    In the same way a majority of Android companies have decided they don't want to be thieves and agreed they need to pay Microsoft for the use of Microsoft patents in their technology.



    Of course, you can disagree with the entire software patent system... but it's not Microsoft's fault for working within the system.
  • Reply 43 of 46
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    Originally Posted by Firefly7475 View Post


    If they are violating Microsoft's patents its not strong arming, it's organizing payment for the use of a property that belongs to Microsoft, in the same way that Microsoft pay other companies for the use of patents in Microsoft products.



    When you go to the grocery store the check-out chick doesn't have to strong arm the payment out of you as you leave, unless of course you were planning on stealing.



    In the same way a majority of Android companies have decided they don't want to be thieves and agreed they need to pay Microsoft for the use of Microsoft patents in their technology.



    Of course, you can disagree with the entire software patent system... but it's not Microsoft's fault for working within the system.



    Patent infringement is not thievery.



    And just because something works within a system doesn't mean it should be supported outright.



    I personally don't understand why some gesture can be patented but a video game cannot be.
  • Reply 44 of 46
    macrulezmacrulez Posts: 2,455member
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  • Reply 45 of 46
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,925member
    At least B&N shows no fear of Microsoft, outing their patent claims that had so far been kept secret. Yes, it's the same underhanded tactics they attempted to use against Linux IMO.



    http://groklaw.net/article.php?story=2011111122291296



    Today more of Barnes & Nobles defense tactics were revealed. Kudos to them for not rolling over and squealing like a pig when Microsoft walked up.



    http://9to5google.com/2011/11/18/bar...se/#more-11122



    B&N might just be successful.
  • Reply 46 of 46
    I think big companies just do their job to make people's life more convenient and comfortable and I just heard that LG is the latest machine manufacturer to sign an agreement with Microsoft to license its patents. The move is intended to keep away from future lawsuits from the software giant. LG is the eleventh producer using Android or Chrome OS platforms to sign a deal with Microsoft. A press release Thursday announced the deal. Article source: LG latest Android user to license patents from Microsoft
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