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Microsoft Agrees with Apple's Stance on Patent Rules

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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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Feb 9, 2012, 10:13 AM


right after the google/motorola/17000patents family is aproved to live together! what a coincidence! 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣
Perfect block by Apple and Microsoft. If they can convince enough folks to support it going through, then they will have successfully cut the basic royalties out from under Nokia and Motorola, and peeled away the new defenses from Google.

Android ...

Feb 8, 2012, 8:51 PM

About control, maybe?

Two of the leading corporations (Microsoft and Apple) that already control an overwhelming majority of the OS/software technology market offer to back reform of the patent system in a way that, they claim, makes access to necessary patents "more fair"... first of all, why should the other companies in the crosshairs trust these two to do the right thing and be so magnanimous with their "fairness"? This doesn't seem genuine to me. This feels to me like a false promise being dangled out there to get everyone back in line. Clearly, the direct supporters of such a measure will be the ones who get to define said "fairness" to suit their own best interests. Read the fine-print and take a careful look before you buy it!
It's about the fact that they have both been trying to use patent lawsuits to squash Android, and they've both been losing....so naturally, being the crybabies they are, they declare that the reason they can't win their baseless lawsuits is because 't...
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