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Samsung May Be Trying to Reduce Microsoft Patent Tax With F2FS

Picking oneself up from the mud

Abstract



Summary: The purpose of F2FS is analysed in light of the patent litigation mess that has hit Samsung

The Germany-endorsed FAT tax which Samsung has paid Microsoft for years did not upset Google enough to halt partnerships.

In fact, Samsung seems eager to get rid of FAT. To quote one news article: "The most prolific and "universal" file systems (i.e. FAT16, FAT32) are also archaic ones, predating today's enormously spacious, rewritable flash devices. In fact, most file systems aren't perfectly suited for flash media, although many have been trying. Some alternatives are encumbered by potential patent time-bombs or royalties (e.g. exFAT), so F2FS may be Samsung's attempt at giving industry players a free (and safe) way to navigate the field."



In our daily links we've included many articles such as this -- pieces that mention it without touching the patent question. incidentally, Samsung swings back at ban attempts that Groklaw covered while Apple and Microsoft liaise in FUD (FRAND style) over Google patents.

"Google spoke privately to Samsung about the subject of patents."Samsung betrayed Linux some years ago, but let us hope that flash memory ambitions [1, 2] can reverse this trend. At the moment, Samsung does fight for Android in the court room. Motorola does that also (Google bought to inherit the lawsuits) and "Injunctions by Apple and Microsoft appear to have persuaded Motorola Mobility to pull all of its Android phones and tablets from the German market," says Charles Arthur. This author quotes Microsoft lobbyist Florian Müller to spoil the article, calling him "patents blogger" rather than lobbyist. Groklaw says: "The judge in the Seattle Microsoft v. Motorola litigation, the Hon. James L. Robart, has ruled on Motorola's motion for summary judgment with a summary No. This judge wants to help Microsoft out, it seems, and so he will. I do believe, however, after reading this ruling, that on appeal it will be a different story, once Motorola gets out of Microsoft's home court."

They should tune into Posner's verdict [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. He compared Apple to an animal due to its litigation against Android. The trial is just harassment, it should be dismissed. Here is what Google's CEO recently had to say. As an introduction, "Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is in Seoul attending the launch of the Nexus 7 in Korea Thursday, and he’s been very talkative on a number of topics, as he was in Tokyo earlier in the week. This time around, he spoke out about patent problems, the search giant’s relationship with Apple, and Samsung..."

Google spoke privately to Samsung about the subject of patents. Hopefully they can fight on this front together. Samsung has one of the biggest patent portfolios or patenting pace in Europe and the United States, so it is an asset for defence.

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