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    The MS patents that are netting MS millions from Android


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    Some of those should be thrown Apples way also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Some of those should be thrown Apples way also!
    Apple would have fought back with their own patents, as would google. MS gambled on the fact that the asian phone manufacturers wouldn't win in a US court and B+N too small. I'm glad B+N are fighting back. Hopefully someone will see sense in these stupid patent battles and the money could actually go into research instead of frustrating innovation with litigation.

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    Lesser of two evils, they pay MS for two reasons, their patents and more importantly to keep Apple at bay. With MS they pay a fee and MS sheilds them with their patents from Apple who demand the removal of the device from market.

    A much more reasonable if imperfect solution than the alternative of letting Apple try to make anything without an Apple lable illegal to buy or own.

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    How on earth are any of them patentable showing load status in the bar ffs thats almost like patenting an arrow as a mouse pointer

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    How on earth are any of them patentable showing load status in the bar ffs thats almost like patenting an arrow as a mouse pointer
    DON'T GIVE THEM IDEAS!!!!

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    I've just patented the viewing of text based words on a screen output. By the time you've read this, you've infringed my patent, and owe me at least $100 each.

    See you in court suckers!!!

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    I'm going to patent patenting...that should net me a few trillion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I'm going to patent patenting...that should net me a few trillion.
    I'll patent playing online games called Battlefield 3. That'll net me the few trillions off you

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    Patents are weird, they lead to trolls running the world and everyone else living under bridges to hide. Its a broken system put foward by a broken and corrupt govenment. Software patenting is stupid and time has told that with the current laws you need some even if you disagree with them to be able to sell anything in the corporatly run theme park we now live in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    who demand the removal of the device from market.
    Wouldn't antitrust laws stop that anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Wouldn't antitrust laws stop that anyway?
    Ask Apple's laywers, they seem to be quite good at restricting products in Germany and Australia. Besides laws don't apply to Apple, that would be uncool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Ask Apple's laywers, they seem to be quite good at restricting products in Germany and Australia. Besides laws don't apply to Apple, that would be uncool.
    I need to become a Judge. I would literally slap these people out of court.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    How on earth are any of them patentable showing load status in the bar ffs thats almost like patenting an arrow as a mouse pointer
    I'm sure that would be patentable -MS already patented using a stylus instead of a mouse !
    United States Patent: 6791536

    I'm shocked at these things get through this screwed up system

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Wouldn't antitrust laws stop that anyway?
    This case essentially IS an antitrust law. B+N are essentially alleging that MS using their dominant desktop position by misusing trivial patents to put a stranglehold on opensource software (not just android). I'm sure this could also apply to what Apple are doing by restricting sales, but theres a lot more evidence with respect to MS's history of illegal behaviour when they can't compete of fair terms - so B+N have a better chance of winning.
    The nitty gritty is on Groklaw: Groklaw - Barnes & Noble's Letter and Slides Presentation Filed with the ITC ~ by pj - Updated

    and a good outline of the allegations are here:
    http://www.groklaw.net/pdf3/MSvBN-slides.pdf
    Last edited by CyberNerd; 16th November 2011 at 09:18 AM.

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