Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
android, chrome, licensing, patents

Companies:
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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    out_of_the_blue, 17 Oct 2011 @ 10:30am

    Microsoft's "business model" always been tax computer users.

    Not exactly news. -- It's not this or that insane practice that's the problem, it's "capitalism", where nothing matters except money and power. Microsoft and especially Bill Gates profited more from the computer industry than ALL the scientists, academicians, engineers, and technicians who built it did. The "system" of unlimited rewards for being in right spot at right time to cash in is the overarching insanity. You're just chipping around the edges, as usual, Mike.

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