re: Barnes & Noble Deal Shows Microsoft's Patent Power
No finger pointed at MS here; everyone is doing what they do and few are doing it as well. But this whole movement is an abuse of patent law as it was intended to function.
Patents were never intended to be owned as objects per se, divorced from the actual production of properties. They were intended to be tied to the production of products, whether by the inventor, the company for which the inventor worked, or a licensee of the patent.
Now they are speculated as recklessly as equities and options. This isn't good for anyone. If B&N is mortally harmed by this deal, how will the resulting bonanza for Amazon benefit Microsoft or any other competitor? How much will it harm the publishing industry and consumers who benefit temporarily from Amazon's depressed prices but can be confident of predatory behavior once its monopoly status is secure?
I'm with you on patents. Use it or lose it. Microsoft deserves every nickel it gets for the Kinect technology but a big fat Easter Egg for patents that it finagled in a shady deal from a dying enterprise.