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Rockbox General => Rockbox General Discussion => Topic started by: rah on February 23, 2007, 04:07:47 PM

Title: $1.5bn for MP3 patent infringement
Post by: rah on February 23, 2007, 04:07:47 PM
Hi,

Probably up for a flame here, but it's of interest to Rockbox users, I think.

Microsoft has been ordered to pay $1.5bn to Alcatel over MP3 patent infringement claim.
And there was me thinking Fraunhofer owned the patent.  

Full story (ish) here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/23/microsoft_alcatel_patent/

Software patents - ugh....

===Rich
Title: Re: $1.5bn for MP3 patent infringement
Post by: RotAtoR on February 23, 2007, 04:19:50 PM
I doubt this ruling will really affect anyone other than those making big $ off MP3 technology. Still, it seems to be rather shady practices to sit on a patent until its technology becomes popular enough to make this sort of money by enforcing it.
Title: Re: $1.5bn for MP3 patent infringement
Post by: saratoga on February 23, 2007, 04:47:16 PM
MS seems to have a point about them back dating their patent after the fact to get around previous licensing agreements.  Hopefully courts will agree with them on appeal.