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Microsoft vs. Samsung, Explained
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TerryB
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8/5/2014 | 3:39:01 PM
Re: MS has patents that apply to Android?
Dude, I write software for a living. Android is not a copy of Windows, XBox, Windows Phone, etc, etc etc.

What I have a problem with is someone who patents an idea like "click on this icon and program execution begins". I've seen some of these stupid patents, using the word "intellectual" is pushing it.

These people are gaming the system with specific intent of extracting royalties later, so they enter the most generic freaking algorithmic patent they can get away with.

That's not exactly the same as Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb, so get off your high and mighty horse. If someone can make one of these crappy phones last more than a day on a charge, now then you are talking about a real patent.
Steve__S
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8/5/2014 | 3:20:46 PM
Re: MS has patents that apply to Android?
You have to love it when people with no understanding or respect for intellectual property expect everything to be free.  Perhaps one day if you invest your own time and money in the development of a product, you might better appreciate why it's not appropriate for others to steal your work.
TerryB
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8/5/2014 | 12:47:03 PM
MS has patents that apply to Android?
Am I the only one surprised by this? How does what MS does overlap with Android phones?

Just more evidence software patents are ridiculous. Especially since MS would not even exist if not for technology IBM was stupid enough to hand over to them. Strange world we live in.
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8/5/2014 | 11:30:35 AM
Billion Dollar Revenue Stream
The article claims significant income is at stake.  (I say income because aren't royalties pure profit?) Regardless, can someone disclose the rough math used for the article's assertion?  Is it something like Samsung sold 250M phones x $4 MS royalty = $1B in Microsoft Income?
Steve__S
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8/5/2014 | 8:59:03 AM
Typical Samsung
Honestly, is anyone really surprised by Samsung renegging on their contractual obligations?  Samsung's actions over the past few years are simply shameful.  I steer clear of their products because of their behavior.  
Lorna Garey
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8/5/2014 | 8:47:18 AM
Re: Win win
I guess if you can't beat 'em, make some money from 'em. Seriously though, why not do both -- try and get your own market share, while meanwhile grabbing what you can from competitors. 
SaneIT
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8/5/2014 | 7:43:48 AM
Re: Win win
I think that's a lot of what we're seeing now.  At first I assumed Microsoft was fighting because they were trying to gain market share with their older Windows phones.  Now we're seeing new fights and not a whole lot of movement from Microsoft on their mobile devices.  It seems like a fight over a revenue stream now.  Maybe this is the future of Microsoft, collecting fees from hardware manufacturers.
Brian.Dean
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8/5/2014 | 2:40:47 AM
Re: Win win
This could turn into a dangerous situation, Microsoft being a software company and Samsung being a hardware company, both with billion dollar assets ready to be deployed in a legal battle. The outcome might be unclear but if it does intensify, it could lead to a loss in market share with competitors deploying resources into the market rather than, the legal system.
Thomas Claburn
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8/4/2014 | 7:24:35 PM
Re: Win win
Sounds like Microsoft can just sit back and rest on its royalties and licensing fees. Oh, wait, that's sort of how we got here.
Michael Endler
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8/4/2014 | 4:06:34 PM
Re: Win win
And with Office on iPads now, Microsoft is making a decent chunk of change on iOS too. It's rather nifty, for a company so woefully behind in mobile, to have engineered from its competitors one proven multi-billion dollar revenue stream, and another likely one.
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