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    AndyC

    , W3bbo wrote

    I was under the impression patent holding is similar to a game of MAD between belligerents: organisations amass large numbers of patents and swear to only use them defensively.

    It is, this is the result of a bit of sabre rattling to ensure Android licensees are paying for the technology Microsoft developed. If Google had a suitable patent portfolio to protect it, you'd have seen a typical cross-licensing agreement a long time ago. The thing with threatening such action is that you have to see it through, or people will never take you seriously.