* Posts by Robert Weast

1 post • joined 23 Feb 2007

Microsoft told to pay Alcatel $1.5bn in MP3 patent spat

Robert Weast

Proving Patents Suck!

First and foremost. Alactel purchased "Fraunhofer" and the patents that came with the MP3 format. I am confused as to why they do not have to uphold the contracts made by that company?

So basically they get a judgment saying everyone that has used that particular patent since the purchase they can chase down?

And this is the reason patents are completely inane. They serve no purpose other than to make money for large corporations. Thankfully MS will tie them up in Appeals Court and Litigation for another 3 years. By then the next great format will be out. So I suppose Apple will sue Microsoft / Gnome and KDE for stealing the idea to make software look nice. heh!

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