[svlug] OMG! MS Goes Open Source

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Sun Nov 16 11:23:40 PST 2014

begin Marc MERLIN quotation of Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 08:37:35AM -0800:
> On Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 03:46:43AM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> > That list has been revelatory, particularly because the 310 patents suddenly
> > brought to the light of the day seem to be basically bullshit (weak, easily
> > voided through legal either challenge, or reexamination by USPTO) patents.
> Note that voiding a patent is time consuming and expensive. Google does
> that every time we can to teach patent trolls we won't pay up, but I
> wouldn't be surprised if paying up had been cheaper (at least in the
> short term).
> > So, Microsoft's ability to bleed an estimated $2b/year out of firms making
> > Android devices may soon come to an end.
> That sure would be a good thing.

The next generation of patent trolls will be from
outside the USA, where there are government funds
for buying up old patents from US companies.


Don Marti                    
dmarti at zgp.org

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