Berlin, March 25th 2011 — This week Microsoft sued the retailers Barnes&Noble, Foxconn and Inventec for distributing devices using the Android platform. The Android is a Linux derivate from Google. It is the most recent lawsuit in a battle of dominance on the tablet and smartphone market.
“What a desperate sales argument to sue retailers which use a competing platform. It’s ‘Take our platform or get sued’. Patent war is on. I am inspired by products like Openmoko and Android, not libel and lawsuits.”, finds FFII vice president Rene Mages.
“We predicted years ago that Microsoft would go after Linux challengers with software patents”, explains FFII president Benjamin Henrion. “It shows how patents stifle innovation”.
The FFII has a track record of making contructive proposals for reforming the patent system to eliminate software patent threats for developers.
- U.S. Patent 5,778,372 “Remote retrieval and display management of electronic document with incorporated images”
- U.S. Patent 6,339,780 “Loading status in a hypermedia browser having a limited available display area”
- U.S. Patent 5,889,522 “System provided child window controls”
- U.S. Patent 6,891,551 “Selection handles in editing electronic documents”
- U.S. Patent 6,957,233 “Method and apparatus for capturing and rendering annotations for non-modifiable electronic content”
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