Whilst Microsoft has been busy creating Android “licenses” with an untested patent claims under secrecy of NDA, one initially could be forgiven for having very little sympathy for Microsoft. It is being reported that a German court has taken steps to remove Microsoft products from the shelves most notably the 360 and Windows Phone 7 due to infringement claims by Motorola.
In respect of Windows Phone 7, I don’t suppose it’s much of a loss, its failed to grasp the market interest in the same way as Android and Apple and now it looks that even if you did take the chance on WP7, WP8 will be released soon with an apparent lack of ability to upgrade – No surprise to me as I would suggest yet again its Microsoft throwing its hands up in defeat at another product to the expense of the few customers who were unfortunate enough to buy it and acted more like guinea pigs for Microsoft’s latest scheme to get into the smart-phone market.
A court in Mannheim ruled on Wednesday that Microsoft infringed Motorola Mobility’s patents and ordered Microsoft to remove its Xbox 360 gaming consoles and Windows 7 operating system software from the German market.
Now whilst it’s tempting to say Microsoft (after its own patent aggression) is getting just what it deserves, it does highlight the bigger picture of why the only winners in these insidious patent cases are the large corporations & lawyers. The person suffering will be the consumer who has choice removed, prices increased to accommodate these dirty tricks.
One cannot argue that the Xbox360 is a popular product. How popular? It depends on which country/market you look towards, but suffice to say there are a great many people who have the system. Now it appears as if German consumers right to choose will be hampered. Microsoft, I presume, will ultimately have to take this on the chin, they can hardly play the “woe is me” line when they themselves are tackling other markets with similar tactics.
You live by the sword, you die by the sword, so they say.
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