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Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android 176

Posted by timothy
from the everybody-wants-a-piece dept.
tlhIngan writes "It looks like Motorola wants to join in on the Android patent licensing fun enjoyed by Microsoft and others. (Yes, the same Motorola that makes Android phones.) Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has stated they plan to collect licensing royalties from other Android manufacturers. Given Motorola's involvement in the mobile industry, they certainly do have the portfolio to go with it. It's interesting times ahead for Android."
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Motorola To Collect Royalties For Android

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  • Re:They were played (Score:4, Interesting)

    by walshy007 (906710) on Saturday August 13, 2011 @10:54AM (#37079060)

    I believe that if someone spent money developing an idea, they should get to say what people do with it.

    The patent system was not designed to stop people copying ideas, it was to stop people copying implementations of ideas.

    In software, copyright law already provides that.

    There are too many people in the world to give a monopoly to a single person on an idea. There is likely not a single idea you will ever have that someone, somewhere has not thought of before you.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"