quote: ...willing to recognize the value of others’ creations in a way that is fair
quote: a patent would protect the function that the code achieves
quote: IBM was screwed by Columbia, Compaq, and pretty much everyone else when they all reverse-engineered the IBM BIOS, without copying a single line of code used (clean-room technique). Had they been granted a patent on the BIOS, the entire computer industry would be vastly different.
quote: Arguably the same thing is happening to Apple with the iPhone vs Android phones.
quote: Unlike Motorola's patents, Microsoft's relating to Android are not standards-essential - and so it is not obliged to license them, or can name its price.