About a year and a half ago, we wrote about "Rockstar Consortium," a shell company set up by Apple and Microsoft (and a few other companies), in which they placed many of the patents they received when they outbid Google to get Nortel's patents.
Filed under: Microsoft, MobileIn a continuing, drawn-out, and rather banal storyline that's reminiscent of a cheap daytime soap, Microsoft has sued Motorola for infringing nine patents in its Android phones.
Microsoft and HTC have signed a patent agreement protecting the handset maker from Microsoft patent lawsuits over its industry-leading Android smartphones. HTC will have to pay royalties to Microsoft, which for the first time is enforcing its alleged Linux-related patents on an Android-based product, but the agreement could help it defend against a lawsuit from Apple....
Patent Wars: The fight to enforce and invalidate patents has reached a new level with Google accusing others of waging “bogus patents” against Android’s very existence, even though some of those patents were the ones Google was trying to buy!
Summary: Microsoft’s new direction continues to include “enforcement” (as in aggression) with software patents and Finjan, which Microsoft partly owns, is just attacking companies with software patents because it’s failing as a real business
MICROSOFT is having real problems which we wrote about this morning [1, 2, 3].
Summary: With engineers back at the helm’s top positions, Google steps further away from software patents and joins Red Hat’s opposition to them
BACK when Google started defending Android from SCOracle, it did throw some hints that it would oppose software patents. Groklaw covered it thoroughly at the time.
Summary: The mobile arena is being distorted by Microsoft and some allies who use software patent to increase the cost of phones (including Linux phones); they are using patents on software also to scare manufacturers, giving them the impression that Linux is not free
BACK we go to talking about the mobbyists, who sometimes express love for Mono and almost always seem to promote software patent