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.

Filed Under: android, chrome, licensing, patents
Companies: google, microsoft, qanta


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  1. icon
    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), 17 Oct 2011 @ 11:56am

    Re: Re: Re: Why Care?

    Doesn't matter if Microsoft doesn't have a monopoly in the phone OS market, they have a monopoly in the OS market. They're using the power they gained as a monopoly to scare smaller companies into paying for something Microsoft doesn't own.

    Think about it. If a representative came up to you and said you owe them $1000 and if you don't pay they're going to sue you for millions. You know they don't have a case, but you do know they have the money and lawyers to bankrupt you proving it. Then the nice Microsoft man says that he'll settle for only $500. What would you do? Pray to god you can get it thrown out before the bank forecloses on your house?

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