Advocacy Says Microsoft is "Like a Deranged Easter Bunny" With Patents
October 24, 2011 8:50 PM
comment(s) - last by
Group complains that Microsoft's heavy handed license-or-sue approach to Android cries for reform
Mosaic Collateral Asset Management -- or M-CAM for short -- has released a scathing analysis of Microsoft Corp.'s (
) license-or-lawsuit campaign [
] against Android.
The advocacy group, which calls for "ethical use... of wisdom traditions [patents]",
It's settled. We've figured out Microsoft's costume for this year's Halloween party: Ralphie's pink bunny suit from A Christmas Story.
Given its licensing program – and recently, its agreement with Quanta, Amazon’s Kindle Fire manufacturer – why not? A look at Microsoft’s IP Licensing page tells us
the company “has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors
to access its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.”
What a deranged marketing ploy. It's like a creepy dude in an Easter bunny suit offering eggs, and them throwing them if the passerby refuses to take one.
They say that most companies license because merely out of lack of desire to try to clarify what exactly they violate or don't violate and the validity of the patents involved. M-CAM writes:
And this strategy is working because, really, how many manufacturers are going to look through not only Microsoft's 10,000 plus patents, but their own sizeable portfolios as well, just to determine which patents they may or may not be infringing? We doubt even Microsoft’s patent lawyers know what’s in their own portfolio, let alone what’s in their competitors’. (Of course, they could always enlist the help of their old CTO Nathan Myhrvold, since he seems to have a good grasp on searching through a 35,000 plus patent pool to find assertion gems.)
(Microsoft's ex-CTO is co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, an
infamous patent troll
, which matains a host of shell companies with which to sue people.)
M-CAM reveals that International Business Machines, Inc. (
) seemingly holds the most Android related patents, though it thus-far hasn't visibly tried to profiteer off the operating system. On the other hand, Microsoft sits in second place with over 2,300 patents that seemingly apply to Android.
The group warns that Amazon.com, Inc. (
a new Android device maker
-- is at great risk as it has only 12 patents, far less than Microsoft's past victims. But in the end it concludes that in reality everyone is at risk.
It comments on this and the
recent ineffectual reform efforts
So should Amazon be worried? Sure. Should every company selling a product be worried? Sadly, a resounding yes. Until actual patent reform happens – oops, did we just say the latest patent reform bill did nothing to meaningfully improve the system? Yes, we did. – and until the “more is better” stockpiling mentality dissipates from both the overcrowded patent law field and the upper echelons of the corporate tech world, every company large enough to receive attention over its technology is a participant in this cold patent war.
Regardless of your feelings on the accuracy of this colorful analysis, one has to admit that it's at least entertaining.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: What is evil Microsoft doing with that fortune?
10/25/2011 9:48:34 AM
He also said that Windows 1 was a stolen product.
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Of Lawsuits and Licensing: The Full Microsoft v. Android Story
October 24, 2011, 12:36 PM
Kindle Fire Reportedly Has 254,000 Pre-orders
October 5, 2011, 9:17 AM
Samsung to Pay Microsoft Royalties for All Android Phones It Sells
September 28, 2011, 3:35 PM
Obama Prepares to Sign Contentious Patent "Reform" Bill
September 12, 2011, 9:52 AM
Microsoft Milks More Patent Licensing Dollars Out of Android Manufacturers
September 8, 2011, 1:23 PM
UK Drivers Must Now Give Their Cell Phones to Police After a Crash
July 29, 2014, 4:37 PM
Ford to Switch 3,300 Employees from BlackBerries to Apple iPhones by Year's End
July 29, 2014, 2:08 PM
Quick Note: Hilton Hotels to Use Smartphones as Room Keys, for Check-In/Check-Out
July 29, 2014, 12:53 PM
Verizon Wireless to Receive Exclusive "HTC One (M8) for Windows" Smartphone
July 29, 2014, 9:13 AM
Report: Microsoft's Chinese Offices Raided
July 28, 2014, 9:16 PM
Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Heads to President Obama's Desk
July 28, 2014, 11:58 AM
Most Popular Articles
Facebook Will Force Android, iOS Users to Use Messenger App This Week
July 29, 2014, 11:26 AM
Sony's Xperia Z3 Gets Detailed in Leaked Photos
July 25, 2014, 2:30 PM
Ford's Extensive Use of Aluminum in '15 F-150 Results in $395 Increase for Base Models
July 28, 2014, 3:02 PM
Report: Apple to Launch 12" Retina MacBook Air, 4K Desktop Product Later this Year
July 24, 2014, 4:33 AM
Pentagon's Priciest Project, F-35, Misses International Debut
July 25, 2014, 10:18 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information