Microsoft to get $444 million from Android patent licensees

By Jos · 15 replies
Sep 29, 2011
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  1. Microsoft signed a major licensing agreement with Samsung yesterday over the use of some of its mobile patents on Android phones and tablets. The deal followed a string of similar…

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  2. and this is how they they rule the world....this is how they stop innovation (in some way) nice way to screw the competition...but why the samsung devices are using those patents without concent? who is cheating?
  3. bimboy56

    bimboy56 TS Rookie

    Actually, this is a rather healthy way to "establish a good competition" and to preserve innovation. Rather than patent lawsuits and infringements - which by the way is getting out of hand.
  4. It's rely sad, still, i prefer android over MS.. almost anything is patented these days, its very hard to make anything without using patents(knowingly or not). Like everybody must know all patents, duh >.<
  5. It is nice that governments around the world allow this protection racket stuff to happen

    Next thing you know they will allow people to patent colors and shapes.

    I want dibs on rectangles.
  6. I think its really #$!@'ed up that a company can do that, make another company pay for something so darn stupid and little, greed is going to kill us all one day.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    AHHHH! Do you want a world without protected intellectual property?! Try China. This sort of deal is what protects and stimulates innovation. The laws in this country state that if you come up with an idea, then that idea belongs to you, and you're free to sell it. Without this we'd all be buying iPhones made by Joe's phone shack. You people are all embarrassing yoursevles.

    And Apple already has sued Samsung over the rectangle. Since they didnt' win the lawsuit on the finger swipe gesture or the moniker 'App Store'.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Ok... Let's say they can't. So instead of buying things from other companies to use in products everyone has to make their own. So now Ford needs to figure out how to make car seats, airbags, radios, and tires instead of just buying them from someone who's already great at it and willing to sell it. I guess that's just greedy that a tire company would want to sell their product right to anyone but someone who's going to drive a car?

    This type of system is literally the foundation for product innovation. You think Apple was the genius behind the iPod? It was the little manufaturing firm who made the tiny hard drive and sold millions to Apple.

    Shame on TS for that line in there about $444 million is just a drop in the bucket... while true, you should know by know that sort of thing only riles up the *****s into spewing nonsense about greedy companies.
  9. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 104   +14

    Nice, now MS have nice budget to develop another mobile OS that almost nobody uses.
  10. Too late, Apple already has the rectangle.
  11. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Hmm... this is an interesting concept. Microsoft is getting a lot of money for innovations in software -- FREE software -- whose license originally forbade anyone from preventing others from using the same software and PATENTING it.

    In other words -- it's okay to sell a product and use Linux to sell it. That is fine. But if your product uses Linux, the license specifically states that anyone can come along, modify the product, and sell it as well -- without having to pay any licensing fees.

    This is the idea behind "free" software. The idea isn't to prevent people from making money off of the sale of that product -- it is intended to prevent people from preventing OTHERS from doing the same thing.

    It's like, you know -- we have water all around us. I can walk down the street to a creek, bottle it, and sell it. I can't prevent my neighbor from doing the same thing. Each of us can come up with different ways to market our respective products ("MINE tastes better because I don't FART in it like HE does...!!!") but I can't explicitly prevent him from selling his brand of water -- no matter how farty it is.


    But seriously -- I wonder how this whole patent thing would stand up in cour--

    Ah, forget it.
  12. nigel

    nigel TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +7

    It would be nice if Google finds something in its patents to use against Microsoft - perhaps US$6 against all copies of Windows.

    We guess that the PC user will be subsidising the Windows Mobile platform
  13. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    As if microsoft needs the money. They are now a monopoly.
  14. " concent" ?? did you mean ' consent' ? grab a dictionary next time......
  15. have dibs on ' circle ' concept then! ..all gears, wheels, etc etc.......for just one hour will make me rich enough LOL
  16. Yawn...

    I see the usual mickeyshaft fanboys are loving this... I hope the thread has a patented wipe clean surface...


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