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Windows 7: Microsoft collects license fees on 50% of Android devices....

25 Oct 2011   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Microsoft collects license fees on 50% of Android devices....

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Microsoft collects license fees on 50% of Android devices, tells Google to "wake up"

Google’s complaints about patent-based attacks against Android don’t seem to be doing the company any good. We all know Steve Jobs pledged to destroy Android, claiming it stole its ideas from Apple’s iOS. Yet what is likely an even bigger threat comes from Microsoft, which claims that more than half of all Android devices are now subject to patent licensing agreements.

What does that mean? When you buy an Android phone, there’s a good chance either the vendor whose name is on the device or one of the manufacturers who contributed hardware to it is paying Microsoft a fee for each sale. Today, Microsoft announced an agreement with Compal, an original design manufacturer that produces smartphones and tablets for third parties and takes in $28 billion in annual revenue. This was the “tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets,” and the ninth in the last four months, Microsoft lawyers Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez write in a blog post.
Microsoft collects license fees on 50% of Android devices, tells Google to "wake up"


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25 Oct 2011   #2
CreepinJesus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Got to spend money to make money!
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26 Oct 2011   #3
giblets

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 OEM
 
 

Here's a new one for apple, slide to unlock patent:
Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock - Slashdot
Patents, they make me all giggly......
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26 Oct 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Software patents are just retarded. These companies patent ideas and concepts simply to stifle competition. They get patents for the most vague concepts that other companies have been doing for years and years and years.

I'm all for patents for a specific design and an exact way about doing something...like perhaps the apple ipod control wheel. But I would not be ok with a patent for "a method of accessing data, or files from an electronic device utilizing human interaction where the human picks a particular data file from a list of choices and then that choice forces a preinstalled application on the device to launch to properly handle the file". Unfortunately, it's crap like the latter that is patented.

here is a great example
http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P...S=PN/7,415,666

Microsoft has patented the concept of PageUP/PageDown. Yes, this brilliant stroke of genius was INVENTED by somebody at Microsoft and patented in 2005. Unsure what anybody might have done prior to this. But hopefully everybody that has implemented the concept of PageUp/PageDown within a document to scroll list to list to list has paid the appropriate royalties to the Microsoft genius who invented this wonderful technology.
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26 Oct 2011   #5
giblets

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 OEM
 
 

Although not a software patent, I'm sure pparks1 that you will appreciate this gem:
United States Patent: 6368227
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26 Oct 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yes, solid example.
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26 Oct 2011   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I'm afraid we have to put this down to an ID 10 T problem, there are too many employed at the Patent Office.

I do not blame the corporations or individuals that apply for these ridiculous patents, which can be a great income stream, but those who grant them. Surly a bit of common sense would apply to this process.

Perhaps I could patent stupidity, the Patent office, would pay all my bills, with the licence fees
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26 Oct 2011   #8
serpentracer

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

this just in, McDonald's is suing every resturant for copy right infringment. they claim it's their crappy burger idea!

seriously though, I don't see how microsoft and apple are getting around anti-trust laws on this subject.

and what's even more ironic, apple is doing to google what they accused microsoft of doing when microsoft got sued for anti trust laws.
can they spell hypocrites?
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26 Oct 2011   #9
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

This stuff is the biggest threat to the United States, and for that matter the rest of the world. Think of the potential loss of freedom if this is taken much further...
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