Some interesting tidbits in B&N's anti-trust complaint. Apparently Microsoft wants to change more for a license to the patents in question than they do for a full WP7 license (which I assume implicitly includes a license to the patents in question and than some).
What this is saying is a couple of patents that probably didn't require much work to file is more valuable than an entire OS thousands of developers worked on. At least when Android is involved.
Yeah our patent system is surely working as intended.
A WP7 license, to Microsoft, is worth a lot more than its price: there are revenues from the Marketplace, Bing searches, developer tools, subscriptions and mindshare, advertising dollars. None of all that happens with a mere patent licensing, so the comparison doesn't hold.