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Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:21

Google slams Microsoft

Written by Nick Farell



Piggy-backing on other outfits


Google lawyer, Tim Porter, has slammed Microsoft for piggy-backing the success of other companies using patent claims. He said that Microsoft's antics were messing with industry innovation.

But what seems to really sail up Porter's noce is that when Microsoft started out it wasn’t possible to patent software and so the company had free reign to push boundaries. Porter told the San Francisco Chronicle: ‘When their products stop succeeding in the marketplace, when they get marginalised, as is happening now with Android, they use the large patent portfolio they've built up to get revenue from the success of other companies' products.

He said that the more people get distracted with litigation, the less they'll be inventing. He points out that by the time Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and headed by chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, filed its first software patent in 1988 it had already invented Word and DOS.

Google on the other hand has to run a gauntlet of patent trolls with its popular mobile Android operating system He said that large wealthy companies were buying patents to inventions they played no part in - and that goes against the spirit of the patent system.

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-6 #1 fed44 2011-11-08 13:48
Google youre a multibillion dollar company, create a super pac, one of those other companies that can channel unlimited amounts of anonymous money rake in loads and loads and control the american political situation like all others do. It's good that big companies also see how its going out of control but I only see bitching and no action... (lawsuits count as bitching)
 
 
-9 #2 robert3892 2011-11-08 15:21
License the patents just like everyone else in other companies do.
 
 
0 #3 PorscheRacer14 2011-11-09 15:03
Unlike Apple, the patents in question do hold water. Maybe Google should understand that first instead of trying to act innocent. Also, unlike Apple, Microsoft is willing to license the patents out first and not block Google's products. Microsoft has been innovating in the mobile space for a while. I never said leading, but since they were there first in some cases and patented those ideas, well... Quit crying Google.
 
 
0 #4 JAB Creations 2011-11-09 19:13
Patents were intended to protect individuals and small groups so they could use their inventions to develop marketable products. It would have protected intelligent inventors by giving them a means to gain power instead of the patent trolls.
 

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