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Why Microsoft Bought 800 of AOL's Patents

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Re: Like the real estate bubble
Agile   4/23/2012 2:11:29 PM
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Interesting Keith, makes me wonder if more business is ahead between FB and MS  ?


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Like the real estate bubble
kdawson   4/23/2012 1:15:07 PM
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Just like in the late lamented RE bubble, Microsoft has flipped 650 of its newly acquired patents to Facebook for $550 million.

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Re: Market Domination...Again?
Pierre DeBois   4/16/2012 3:40:42 AM
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Keith,

Thank you for sharing this.

Although the Facebook-Instagram deal is separate in nature and reasons, this Microsoft purchase is an interesting contrast of what $1 billion can bring. 800 patents to develop some level of value versus an app purchase that upset some of the core customer base.

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Re: Market Domination...Again?
WriteSeth   4/15/2012 3:46:32 PM
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This was a very smart move on Microsoft part.  Unfortunately, patent lawsuits have been and always will be a part of business.  With technology today, even if not intended, it is all most impossible to create something that someone hasn't done something similiar and then lawsuits happen.  Patents protect innovation, but often companies patent technology or processes that they really did not create.  So the only way for a company to protect itself is to have as many patents as possible. 

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Re: I Hate To Say It: Nice Move Microsoft
munira   4/15/2012 11:39:00 AM
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Horizon thaks for the explaination but in recent years we saw netscape vanishing at once.......... no one can deny the reasons for its instant popularity which is the reason its still remembered. In the end who suffered, it was the user (i dont want to get into debate of copyrights here)

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Re: I Hate To Say It: Nice Move Microsoft
Horizon777   4/14/2012 11:25:13 AM
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@ Munira

Microsoft or Google buying out patents, in my opinion, does not have to concern users. Afterall the users are concerned with the end product's performance and user-friendliness and to them the legal rights behind the product should not be much of a concern. Its more about winning legal battles rather than focusing on innovation and performance enhancements. Also, these tech giants should ensure that their focus remains on the technical grounds as this will the measure of success in the long run.

 

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Re: I Hate To Say It: Nice Move Microsoft
munira   4/14/2012 10:04:45 AM
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I hate to see what is evident but what affect it will have for users, thats to be waited and seen. If MS pulls the plugs google will not sit back, silent. Are we looking ahead to a potential virtual war? Keith I would like your elaboration on the aspect, what will happen if MS pull the ropes.

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Re: Market Domination...Again?
Chez   4/14/2012 5:09:46 AM
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On the topic of Microsoft market domination...

I wouldn't necessarily say this is an area where I see government intervention being necessary. However, it's definitely an area where we might expect the competitors to claim it's necessary... which is really what question is to begin with, isn't it?

We're talking about some fundamental building blocks of how users currently browse the web. Most web users probably don't even think of these as things belonging to one company. It would be a big move by microsoft to try and enforce the patens in an exclusionary way, definitely big enough to stir up the pot and cause some outcry... even if it's not enough to actually violate antitrust law. That might be enough to give them pause when deciding whether to do so or not.

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Re: Market Domination...Again?
Chez   4/14/2012 4:47:23 AM
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"Why shell out over a billion dollars on patents unless you plan to enforce them?  So, yeah, I think we'll be hearing more about this in the not-too-distant future."

@Tom/Agile, That definitely sounds right, Especially with the dollar amounts we're talking about here. However,  I feel like this is something I've seen happen before, but with the ends being anything but the obvious prediction. I recall reading articles about patent buyouts, seeing the same kinds of deductions about what the 'juicy' patents are, and what the killer business move with them would be. Then, later on, even a couple of years later... silence. No big splash, and the patents are sitting quietly on the shelf.

I'm not doubting Keith's or the other author's analysis at all (if anything I'm questioning why the outcome ever is like that), I just think it's hard to see the outcome so clearly with so many complicated factors involved.


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Re: Market Domination...Again?
Tom Murphy   4/13/2012 2:33:46 PM
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If Google and Microsoft were both bidding on these, there's a good chance they were after the same things -- perhaps the Netscape patents.  Someone asked if I though Microsoft might actually try to enforce the patents for things like JavaScript and cookies...   I guess the answer is: Why shell out over a billion dollars on patents unless you plan to enforce them?  So, yeah, I think we'll be hearing more about this in the not-too-distant future.

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