Source: San Francisco Chronicle
quote: Until Google is willing to pony up and stand behind the device OEMs in court, they do not deserve to comment.It's like complaining about politics and then refusing to vote.
quote: Sounds to me as if the patents weren't of much value to Google.
quote: At the same time, Microsoft began to complain that the auction could result in a termination of the existing licensing agreements they had on the Nortel patents . And while they never specifically mentioned Google, it was pretty clear that they did not want Google winning — such a victory would eliminate at least some of Microsoft’s patent leverage over Android .
quote: But this complaining was odd since we had heard that the existing licensing agreement on the Nortel patents would have to be honored by any winning bidder . So what was Microsoft complaining about? At least some believe Microsoft was just playing mind games at this point — mind games which would later come into play.
quote: While much of the press after the auction focused on the Rockstar group’s win, the court documents make it very clear that it was actually Apple that won in partnership with Rockstar. Apple was the only group that had not dropped out. Again, they staked the Rockstar group to ensure a victory for the stronger player. Why was Rockstar the stronger player? Because of the other companies involved. RIM, EMC, Ericsson, Sony, and yes, Microsoft.
quote: All of those groups together had the cash and clout to break Google’s will. And with Microsoft, there was clearly the desire.
quote: But why on Earth was Microsoft doing bidding on patents they already had licensing rights to? That’s not yet clear. But one has to assume that they simply did not want Google winning them — at all.
quote: Even if Microsoft maintained licensing rights to the patents, a Google win would ensure that it would be a lot harder to sue Android and its OEM partners for other patent infringements. So it sure looks like Microsoft teamed up with longtime enemy Apple to ensure victory .
quote: A browser remotely retrieves electronic documents from a remote computer network for viewing by a user. For enhancing responsiveness, the browser initially displays an electronic document without a background image so that the electronic document is initially displayed more quickly. The browser also prioritizes downloading of embedded images of the document by their incorporation in the currently visible portion of the electronic document. Further, the browser dynamically creates additional connections for retrieving resources incorporated into the electronic document from the remote computer network.
quote: A computer system and method for highlighting and selecting elements of electronic documents is disclosed. In one embodiment, a selection area identifies an initial selection of data, and one or more selection handles appear on the selection area to allow dynamic resizing of the selection area to select a larger or smaller portion of data or number of items.
quote: I agree, those are absurd. The actual implementation of code should be what is available for patent perhaps. Not the overall idea of what it could do. The way some patents are worded seems crazy.
quote: Described herein is a portable computer having a limited display area. An Internet or other hypermedia browser executes on the portable computer to load and display content in a content viewing area. During times when the browser is loading content, the browser displays a temporary, animated graphic element over the content viewing area. The graphic element is removed after the content is loaded, allowing unobstructed viewing of the loaded content.
quote: The entire reason handset makers are vulnerable is because Google hides behind giving away Android, leaving all the responsibility for licensing in the hands of the OEMs. If Google would actually license the software then there wouldn't be a problem. It sounds more like Google is a sore loser because they screwed up by not joining the consortium that purchased Nortel, and other, patent pools.
quote: Microsoft tried to include Google in the purchase of the Nortel Patents. Instead Google decided they would rather have all those to themselves. Stop trying to make them look like saints. The entire reason handset makers are vulnerable is because Google hides behind giving away Android, leaving all the responsibility for licensing in the hands of the OEMs. If Google would actually license the software then there wouldn't be a problem. It sounds more like Google is a sore loser because they screwed up by not joining the consortium that purchased Nortel, and other, patent pools.
quote: Of course then their OS would probably suck so instead of doing that, they would rather just cry about it and hope someone does something in their favor.
quote: At this moment, on the White House's official website for petitioning the government, the only thing as popular as legalizing marijuana and separating church from state is a petition to "Direct the Patent Office to Cease Issuing Software Patents."
quote: There are lots of good reasons to end the practice of patenting software, including the fact that software patents are primarily a vehicle for transferring wealth from the innovators who create it to patent trolls whose sole "product" is litigation. (Software patents are also sometimes used by big companies to take their rivals down a peg or two, in what seems like an effort to pile up so many cross-licensing fees that they all cancel each other out.)
quote: But do you think a company that spends billions of dollars on research and patents should have those ideas taken and implemented in competing products?
quote: Google: Microsoft's a Sore Loser When it Comes to Patents
quote: Exchange is a fantastic product.
quote: He also leaves out that Microsoft is one of the top contributors to the Linux kernel and that they also just supplied a ton of code to the Samba team.
quote: He also leaves out that Novell was the top player in the server space until less than 10 years ago, when Windows 2000 and 2003 started to replace it in the server room. It didn't ride on the back of any other product, it replaced Novell servers because it was better.