Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Black Friday Deals on Microsoft device
AMD Ends Driver Support For Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series
New AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Available For Download
ASUS RoG Announces Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
Apple To Brings Apple Pay To China
Xiaomi Launches New Redmi Note 3 Smartphone And Mi Pad 2 Tablet
Dell Says Security Hole Identified In Some Laptops
Sony PlayStation 4 Now Available For $299
Active Discussions
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
How to burn a backup copy of The Frozen Throne
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
Copied dvd's say blank in computer only
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
 Home > News > General Computing > Mozilla...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Mozilla Skeptical About Microsoft's Acquisition of AOL Patents

Mozilla says that at present, Microsoft 's move to buy 800 patents from AOL does not pose "an immediate" danger to the organization.

Such acquisitions generally prevent others from obtaining the patents, can be used using for cross-licensing or even patent license programs.

Google, Apple, and Microsoft are key competitors in this battle, and Google recently increased its portfolio size with the acquisition of 17,000 Motorola patents. Other players hold thousands of patents as well, topped out by IBM with 6,000+ new US patents in 2011 alone.

"Obtaining a huge chunk of patents and licenses in one move, saving time along the way, makes sense for broader reasons, and in this context it is hard to imagine it's driven by anything related to Mozilla. Frankly, there are easier ways to influence the market without near the attention or the cost," wrote in a blog Harvey Anderson, who works at Mozilla on legal and business affairs.

"In this particular case, it would seem that the exposure is even lower because portions of the Mozilla code base are already licensed under some set of these patents," Anderson added.

While this acquisition is surreal for many Mozilla folks that worked at Netscape including those who are inventors for some of the patents, Anderson does not view this as a threatening move in and of itself.

However, he is worried about what Microsoft will ultimately do with these patents. "If Microsoft maintains ownership of the patents, on the margins, it is better than having them sold off piecemeal to non-practicing entities, often called IP trolls. If they end up in the wild, it's not a good thing," he said.

"It would be great to see Microsoft express its intentions in this regard or put some protections around the portfolio if it transfers the patents," Anderson added.

TSMC Maintains Top Foundry on Garther's Global Ratings        All News        PC Market Sees Some Growth
TSMC Maintains Top Foundry on Garther's Global Ratings     General Computing News      Sony Officially Announced Transformation Plan, Axes 10,000 Jobs

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Black Friday Deals on Microsoft device
Microsoft Offers Movies, Music, Games, And Apps For just 10 Cents
Microsoft Starts Selling The New Lumia 950 Phones
Mozilla Engances Yahoo Search Experience for Firefox
Microsoft To Store Customers' Data in Germany
Microsoft To Offer Cloud Services From Data Centers Based in The UK
Microsoft Band Available Today
Microsoft Opens Flagship Store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue
Mozilla Open Source Support Program To Promote New Projects
Microsoft Buys Havok
Microsoft Works On A Laptop Battery System That Adapts To Your Habits To Last Longer
Microsoft Expands Licensing Agreements With Asus, I-O Data

Most Popular News
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2015 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .