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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

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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.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    April 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

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    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

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    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.

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