5 hours ago, fanbaby wrote
This thing has yet to survive post-merger, but I think it's a shame Microsoft is getting money from phone makers because of its patents while enjoying code written by Linus at el.
That is how the big companies survives. They use an arsenal of patents and financial strength to get what they want. If Linus had a company, the big corporations would be litigating against him for all kinds of patent infringements. It would not matter if he was right or wrong, but he would need a lot of financial assets to hire a defense team to fight it. It is unfair and changes need to be made. First off, if you do not have a patent in a viable product it should be null and void.(keep out the patent trolls who are only attorneys with paper) Also, if you file a lawsuit on infringement and you lose, you cover all financial costs and pay the accused a fine for his burden. On top of this, there is the mess of having juries that do not understand the technical nature of the arguments. Just getting to trial can cost you millions in defense. By the way, Apple and Samsung going at it again. You don't hear too many lawsuits with a big company fighting a small one going to trial because the small one just settles knowing it has no chance.