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Microsoft loses another patent suit, must pay $105 million

By Matthew
Mar 17, 2010
  1. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 56

    Have seen alot of this lately, everyone sues everyone its just crazy
     
  2. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 232

    Another patent!!?! Come on M$ I really don't care anymore Microsoft needs to get its act up its one after the other. The i4i, now VirnetX! Who's next? In my last comment in the previous related article I said something about them losing or gaining profit from selling Office..etc now I think they're just all of it. But they'll survive they got money but how much more do they have for all this? I wonder if the the patents are invalid :/ good luck M$
     
  3. ansarimikail

    ansarimikail TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Wonder what they do besides infringing. They should have enough dough to cover it from Win7 being fastest OS seller and all.
     
  4. Jay Pfoutz

    Jay Pfoutz Malware Helper Posts: 4,286   +49

    Not that Microsoft deserves it, but they need to realize that they do not need to be the king of technology. There are great entrepreneurs out there that Microsoft is stealing from. I think personally, they should start creating their own stuff and own variations, so they do not end in messes such as this.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,056   +970

    Let's assume I agree that M$ is the evil empire. However, I sometimes wonder if their software engineers propagate the theft, by passing off the work of others more clever than themselves, as their own. It is possible that some of this could happen without corporate knowledge. I suppose that it's also possible for two people to "write the same song", as it were. Not likely, but possible.

    Then again, it's also possible that from time to time, a few M$ suits head into a conference room ,light up some cigars, and put their minds into how they could steal something they want without being caught.
     
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 994   +89

    With all the crap patents out there, I don't think that you can write any code without infringing on someone else's design these days. I don't think the patent office actually patents a song, based on lyrics. But instead patents what is expressed in the song. And now you don't have to prove that Microsoft used your lyrics, only that it wrote a song about trains, momma, and the pick-up truck. And if you got there first, you win.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,056   +970

    This is a great analogy!
     
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    I am pretty curious how they determine damages on cases like this? Is it based on the percentage of code that was based on the patent vs the total amount of code times the amount of sales? $100 million is a lot of money, but really not that significant for MS.
     
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