Microsoft Agrees with Apple's Stance on Patent Rules
Feb 8, 2012, 7:54 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Microsoft today released a statement that echoes that of a request made by Apple for a set of guidelines that determine how companies license patents that are considered "essential" for certain products. "Industry standards are vitally important to the development of the Internet and to interoperability among mobile devices and other computers," the company said in a statement. "Consumers and the entire industry will suffer if, in disregard of this promise, firms seek to block others from shipping products on the basis of such standard essential patents." Microsoft pledged that it will: adhere to promises to make its standard essential patents available for fair terms; not seek injunctions against firms on the basis of essential patents; and will not transfer its standard essential patents to other firms unless those firms agree to its conditions. Microsoft licenses its smartphone patents to manufacturers of Android smartphones.
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About control, maybe?