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[News] Microsoft's Abuse of the Patent System and Extortion Tactics Indicative of Need for Reform

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft's Abuse of the Patent System and Extortion Tactics Indicative of Need for Reform
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 May 2010 00:27:30 +0100
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FATal patent ruling in Germany?

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| Last week the Federal Court of Justice of 
| Germany upheld a Microsoft patent related to 
| the Windows file system named File 
| Allocation Table (FAT). As H-Online 
| mentioned in this context, European software 
| patent critics dread the notion that rulings 
| such as that one could elevate the status of 
| software patents in Europe, where different 
| national courts have different approaches to 
| how to interpret the European Patent 
| Convention and its exclusion of patents on 
| "programs for computers [as such]".


Making sense means more than just connecting the dots


HTC settles with Microsoft in Android patent deal


Why Mobile Patents are Such a Mess

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| Microsoft claims that the Linux operating 
| system infringes 235 Microsoft patents, and 
| Android, which is Linux-based, violates 
| Microsoft patents, too. Microsoft has 
| convinced HTC to pay royalties for the 
| alleged Microsoft technology in Google's 
| operating system.
| Why would HTC do that?
| Well, Apple is suing HTC for violating 20 
| Apple patents covering a wide range of 
| technologies. One theory is that with both 
| Microsoft and Apple claiming patent 
| infringement, HTC has to pick sides. It 
| chose Microsoft because the company also 
| makes a wide variety of devices that run 
| Microsoft operating systems. Because it has 
| an extensive relationship with Microsoft, 
| and none with Apple, choosing to work with 
| Microsoft solves its Apple problem. In 
| court, apparently HTC will be able to say 
| that it's already licensing the technology 
| Apple claims as its own, but from Microsoft. 
| That would imply that Apple's beef is really 
| with Microsoft, not with HTC. Case closed! 


The Empire Strikes Back

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| I believe Bilski will be decided this year 
| and software patents may be kicked into the 
| garbage heap where they belong.

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