by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
android, chrome, licensing, patents

google, microsoft, qanta

Can We Just Admit That It's Insane When Microsoft Has A 'Licensing Program' For Someone Else's Products?

from the just-saying dept

There have been a string of similar "deals" announced recently (though we do wonder about the details), but Microsoft has announced that Qanta is the latest company to "license" its usage of Android and Chrome. Here's Microsoft's quote on the subject:
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace."
Let's sit back and consider the sheer insanity of this entire effort. Microsoft is going around, trying to get lots of companies to buy licenses to Google's products, when there is simply no evidence that those products infringe on any Microsoft patents. And, notably, Microsoft has never sued Google over those products.

I'd be interested to see if anyone can explain how a system that allows a company like Microsoft to set up a licensing business on someone else's products without any proven legal basis other than the implied threat that they might sue, is a functioning system? It's a huge joke.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 17 Oct 2011 @ 11:22am

    Re: Re: Why Care?

    Actually, there really isn't any evidence. Merely assertions from Microsoft. When asked for the evidence, or at least some indication of exactly what Microsoft thinks is offending, Microsoft refuses to answer.

    The other companies settle because it's cheaper to kick Microsoft a few bucks per unit than to go to court. Also, it's more likely they'll get favorable treatment from Microsoft for other things if they play along.

    But evidence? There's exactly none.

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