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!