Patents


microsoft.gifMicrosoft has a new post bragging how they now have license agreements accounting for over half of all Android devices. The comments in the Microsoft post make entertaining reading, particularly the one that shows the patents are very generic such as implementing both long and short file names in the same file system.

My thoughts are similar to when I commented on the actual HTC vs Apple patents. Isn’t this a case of prior art? Irrespective of who is suing who, are these companies actually looking into the technical side of these patents or are they a case of the emperor’s new clothes? I suspect the technical side is more of an irrelevance. To fight anything costs lots and is a big diversion from core activities. You just need something looking vaguely valid and noone will want to argue.

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