EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

04.07.12

Patents Against Linux/Android and the Hypocrisy of Microsoft, Apple

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Patents at 9:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Apple and Microsoft whine that Motorola is stepping on their toes

Dancing

Summary: A glimpse at patents that affect Linux at present and the situation Microsoft strives for

THE file system patents from Microsoft may be on the verge of collapse. Nonetheless, companies like this one called Paragon — not just Tuxera — help spread those patents to Linux. Equipment running Linux gets a Microsoft tax penalty this way. Former Microsoft staff adds a tax to FOSS through licence compliance placebo — openwashed proprietary software from a company with “Open” in its name. We just know the trick (c/f OpenLogic).

Microsoft is still trying to penalise Android through Motorola, which is now becoming more like Google. But Microsoft tells a story that’s a complete contradiction and reversal of reality. Microsoft dares to complain about patent abuse from Motorola. Yes, the hypocrisy is astounding and this whole charade acts as a distraction from Microsoft’s anti-competitive behaviour, an “extortion” one might say.

The European Commission’s anti-competition division has opened two formal investigations into Motorola Mobility after complaints from Apple and Microsoft about how it uses its patents against them.

As Pogson puts it:

Apple and M$, two of the biggest monopolists in IT (personal computing certainly, and branching out), are accusing Motorola of doing what they do… The irony makes me chuckle. M$ and Apple have been suing the world and don’t want to be sued and injuncted in return. Bullies hate it when someone has the nerve to stand up to them. It makes being a bully difficult when the herd stands and fights.

Over at Groklaw, another anti-Android fight is stalked [1, 2] and in the corporate press we see the head of Google blasting this whole patent nonsense:

Google’s Larry Page Blasts the Patent Wars

[...]

It’s worth remembering that before Google decided to make its largest ever bid for a technology company in the Motorola Mobility play, it had just lost in an effort to buy the patent portfolio of beleagured telecom company Nortel. That patent portfolio went to a consortium of companies that included Apple and Microsoft–both of them companies that are very seasoned in fighting intellectual property battles.

When Page announced the Motorola Mobility acquisition, he was quite clear that it was a patent play. “Our acquisition of Motorola will increase competition by strengthening Google’s patent portfolio, which will enable us to better protect Android from anti-competitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other companies.” It’s worth noting that he singled out two of the companies that had just outbid Google for mobile patents.

Here we are 5.5 years after this site was conceived and we are dealing with the patents issue more than ever before. Now that software freedom spreads, all that the old guard can do is pull software patents to strike back. Some companies just learned to accept change, instead.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    April 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Gravatar

    Apple… a monopolist?

    A monopolist cannot have only a small percentage of the market – by definition. In most of the markets Apple is in, they have well less than 50% of the market share.

    Really… you are just spewing nonsense.

  2. walterbyrd said,

    April 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Gravatar

    If Apple is not a monopolist, it is certainly not from a lack of trying. Apple patented ideas that are clearly trivial, obvious, and often prior art; then apple used those bogus patents to keep competitors out of the market.

    I have already proved this is true, so don’t keep asking for proof when I have already provided it. Read my old posts.

    Michael Reply:

    If Apple is not a monopolist,

    There is no "if" involved: Apple is not a monopolist. Period.

    it is certainly not from a lack of trying.

    In the same way this can be said of any company trying to grow its market share, I guess. But Apple does not even really chase market share like other companies, at least not with its Mac line. Is there *any* segment where they have the majority share? Tablets, I suppose – but I think it is clear that this will change as we see Android lower end, lower priced devices (and some higher end ones at similar prices. And the primary reason Apple has such a high share there is that they earned it – there were other tablets out there long before Apple had theirs. Apple is "evil" in that they made a better device than the competition… how dare they! I mean, really, to whine about them being a"monopolist" in this area is just silly. It is like saying Linux is a monopoly because it has areas where it clearly has the majority of markets. Oh well. Linux, like the Apple products, has earned respect for many purposes. You do not see people from Apple (or any others I know of) making the same whiney noises you are making.

    Apple patented ideas that are clearly trivial, obvious, and often prior art; then apple used those bogus patents to keep competitors out of the market.

    Same repeated BS… you ignore the other side: Apple defending itself from being plagiarized… something they have every right (and some legal obligation in some areas) to do.

    I have already proved this is true, so don’t keep asking for proof when I have already provided it. Read my old posts.

    You have not proved this true. If you have, link to it. But you will not. Not even you believe this BS, you repeat it to keep Roy and his cult-like group happy. As far as the accusations of plagiarism, I have repeatedly showed the evidence in terms of Samsung. Many times. I am happy to link to it: http://techrights.org/2011/11/10/barnes-and-noble-vs-msft/#comment-131678
    You see, when people have actual evidence they are happy to show it. You will not even try… face it, your actions indicate you do not believe our own claims. Roy has talked about his envy of Apple. Seems you share that trait with him.

What Else is New


  1. Links 2/9/2014: GNU/Linux in BBC, Calls Against systemd

    Links for the day



  2. Links 1/9/2014: Poettering on systemd, ITNews on DBMSs

    Links for the day



  3. Moving Away From Windows to GNU/Linux and the Abandonment of Windows as the Modest Proposal These Days

    Morale of GNU/Linux and an embrace of GNU/Linux is very high, despite recent propaganda from Microsoft MVPs and boosters (primarily security-themed and Munich-themed FUD)



  4. Korean Press Slams Microsoft Over Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android as New Abuses Resurface

    Harsh words from the national press of South Korea as Nokia's role in Microsoft's anti-Linux tactics becomes more apparent



  5. More Good News About Patents and Their Demise in the United States

    A roundup of news about software patents and patent trolls in the land where these thrive



  6. Links 31/8/2014: Linux 3.12.27, Akademy 2014

    Links for the day



  7. Links 30/8/2014: Jailhouse 0.1, *buntu 14.10 Beta

    Links for the day



  8. Links 28/8/2014: Many New Games, CTO of Red Hat Steps Down

    Links for the day



  9. We Are Gradually Winning the Battle Against Software Patents

    The once-elusive war on software patents is finally leading to some breakthrough and even the Federal Circuit reinforces the trend of software patents' demise



  10. Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Companies Versus FOSS Moles (VMware, Sonatype, Xamarin)

    A look at three entities which pretend to be pro-FOSS but are actually FOSS-hostile and very much determined to replace FOSS with proprietary software



  11. Links 27/8/2014: GNU/Linux in Space, China, LinuxCon

    Links for the day



  12. FUD Against Google and FOSS Security Amid Microsoft Windows Security Blunders

    In the age of widespread fraud due to Microsoft Windows with its back doors there is an attempt to shift focus to already-fixed flaws/deficiencies in competitors of Microsoft



  13. Microsoft Spin Watch: IDG Turns to More Microsoft Propaganda, Hires Microsoft Boosters

    Media in Microsoft's pocket is telling Microsoft's lies and deceives the public for Microsoft's bottom line



  14. Microsoft's Massive Tax Evasion Becomes Better Known

    A new report about Microsoft's admission that it plays dirty tricks with tax (sometimes using moles in government) is increasing awareness of Microsoft's criminal aspects



  15. Links 25/8/2014: China's Linux Revolution Imminent

    Links for the day



  16. Links 24/8/2014: GNU/Linux Specialisation and Benchmarks

    Links for the day



  17. Links 23/8/2014: GNU/Linux Growth

    Links for the day



  18. Microsoft-Funded Attacks on Android Security and Patent/Copyright

    A look back at examples of people who smear Android and are receiving (or received) money from Microsoft



  19. Blowback in Chile and Munich After Microsoft Intervention

    Microsoft's attacks on the digital sovereignty of countries involves lobbying, corruption, an attack on standards (e.g. ODF), an attack on FOSS policies, and even an attack on accurate reporting (truth itself)



  20. The End of Microsoft is Nigh

    A look back at a tough year for Microsoft and a not-so-promising future



  21. Links 22/8/2014: Linux Foundation LFCS, LFCE

    Links for the day



  22. UPS Burned by Microsoft Windows, Gives Away Massive Number of Credit Card Details

    UPS is the latest victim of Microsoft's shoddy back door with software on top of it (Windows); attempts to blame FOSS for data compromise actually divert attention from the real culprit, which is proprietary software



  23. Microsoft's Funding of ALEC and Other Systemic Corruption

    Microsoft role in writing of laws by proxy, via groups such as ALEC



  24. Microsoft is Still Preying on British Taxpayers, Playing Politics

    Some news from the UK showing how Microsoft uses politics to extract money out of taxpayers, irrespective of their preferences



  25. Microsoft's Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures is Collapsing as 20% of Staff Laid Off

    More good news regarding the demise of patents as Microsoft's leading patent proxy is collapsing more rapidly than anyone ever imagined and software patents too are collectively doubted



  26. Links 21/8/2014: Conferences of Linux Foundation, Elephone Emerges

    Links for the day



  27. Links 20/8/2014: Linux Event, GNOME Milestone

    Links for the day



  28. Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile's Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich

    icrosoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always



  29. Vista 8 Such a Disaster That Even Microsoft Cannot Cope With It, Vapourware Tactics Start Early

    Microsoft's Windows-powered services are failing and Windows gets bricked by Microsoft patches, whereupon we are seeing yet more of Microsoft's vapourware tactics (focusing in imaginary, non-existent versions of Windows)



  30. On BlackBerry and Other Patent Trolls

    A roundup regarding patent trolls, starting with the bigger and latest joiner, BlackBerry's new patents apparatus


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts