Microsoft v Datel – MS looking for scraps off the table?

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Is Microsoft desperate for any scraps off the table? Microsoft trying to make a buck off Datel? Before you start to produce 360 products you better check with Microsoft first.

Why should you invent anything when you can merely patent the idea and then wheel out your portfolio when you think the time is right?  Readers to Openbytes may remember Microsoft’s holodeck which was reported here and now it seems Datel is next in line for an “attack of the drones” albeit Microsoft legal.

Datel is apparently infringing the following patents, D521,015, D522,011, D547,763, D581,422, D563,480, and D565,688 but in a nutshell its about Datel’s controller looking like Microsoft’s. – Is this an example of Microsoft settling for scraps off the floor because of the increase in popularity to alternatives of most of its product base? – If so I think we can expect more “spiteful” behaviour as Microsoft can’t be best pleased that they lost the  appeal in the i4i case.

So you may wonder about these “scraps off the table”, if you get a chance to look at the controller Datel produces you may see that it is very similar to any other 3rd party controller.  So why are others not being targeted?  Probably because they have paid Microsoft a “license fee” to allow them to develop “approved” 3rd party products.

If you are wanting to look at the patents themselves you can see them listed (and downloadable as PDF) here:

http://uk.gear.ign.com/articles/108/1081677p1.html

Remember if you want to innovate, design or produce with or on Microsoft products, it better be on their terms.  Further proof of a Microsoft ethos of “Do it our way or not at all”?  Anyone remember the switch off incident?  Bluray? Nah, MS knew best HDVD was the way to go!😉   What about BBC player for the Xbox?  Nah, Microsoft is not allowed to charge you extra for that so your not getting it.

Shame, if the Xbox has been produced by a company with a different ethos it might have been a great console.  One of the users on the above link makes the comment:

Doesn’t microsoft have a monopoly on the controllers, hard drives and everything else to do with the 360?. So that they can basically charge ripp off prices for everything without any competition?. Yeah don’t expect me to feel sorry for them. They lied about rrod for years and sue anyone that might try to make a few quid off the back of the 360…….

Great perception management there Microsoft, maybe this is why your products are not seen in the same “fashionable” view as Apple’s?

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. One quibble – Apple is just as bad as Microsoft when it comes to ‘approved’ attachments. For that matter USB was designed because Apple’s license fees for Firewire were too high (in my personal opinion Firewire is superior to USB – a lot of recording interfaces use Firewire).

    But yeah, who’s going to feel sorry for Microsoft? No one. If they’d told the truth about RRoD instead of lying, things might be different.

  2. openbytes says:

    Completely agree, but the issue was really more of relevance to the console situation (since they are hugely popular) and the fact that yet again MS uses it patent portfolio to make an extra buck.

    Its no secret about the RROD which will no doubt have hammered MS’s profit on the 360 and this article has even more relevance when you see that someone else has hinted on that issue. It certainly at the very least suggests that Microsoft is determined to eventually make a profit from the 360, maybe explains why they are appearing to not be going for a new console yet and why Natal is being released in the way it is. I can see 360 being left behind when the PS and WII go for their new specs….Meanwhile I think that 360 will stay with their specs merely to try and scrape a profit out of the machine…look no further than the BBCiplayer issue.

    Going back to Apple though, my viewpoint has alwayed been based on the fact that I wouldn’t so much have issue with Microsoft and its patent portfolio if the products it made were fit for purpose for me. In respect of Apple (my wife has a Mac) I can say that she has had no issues and its a damn good machine thats why in respect of Apple actions I am less vocal…I could quite happily settle with Apple products.

    The fact is though I don’t as Im finding all my needs well catered for within the FOSS/Linux world. Ive always said I don’t support FOSS out of some belief that all software should be free, I support it because for me its better software. If that ever changes, so will my software choices and as you will know I have no issue what so ever with the proprietary model.

    Kind regards

    Goblin.

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