More Patent Abuse

The prior post was timely.  The Official Google Blog just ran a post titled When Patents Attack Android describing “a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents.”  The culprits paid $4.5 billion for Novell’s and Nortell’s old patents–five times their pre-auction estimated worth of $900 million and $1.5 billion more than Google’s bid–and are “seeking $15 licensing fees for every Android device[,] attempting to make it more expensive for phone manufacturers to license Android (which we provide free of charge) than Windows Phone 7.”  Let’s get ready to rumble!

3 thoughts on “More Patent Abuse”

  1. If they’ve got so much cash lying around, they’re better off reinvesting that on tackling the needs of tomorrow than to waste it on litigation. After all, all of these companies are filled with excess cash – hence I don’t see the strategic value in forcing one another to have resources tied up on lawsuits.

    Actually, I’m wrong. On second thought, these patent lawsuits could potentially destroy Google’s disruptive business model for the smartphone market (Microsoft has never been a fan of charging software for free, so they’re forcing Google to play the paid software game). Let’s just sit back and watch the show.

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