Microsoft Doesn't Want Anyone Stealing Its Mouse Patents

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TheDuck

Though I love most Microsoft mouses (They last a long time, long great, and perform great too), Microsoft is being the Patent Troll... In this case... I would say MS is trying to take out their anger of some other companies on Primex. Am I crazy? Let me know!

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strykyr

It's people who don't know what they are doing thats the problem.  Not only am I running Vista, but 64bit.  And it's done everything I have asked it to do.  The things it won't do are things I already expected to happen because reading is fundamental.  All you Vista haters need to go find vista for dummies and start reading.  Grow the hell up.

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jwalch.hawk

I don't recall saying that Vista didn't suck (at least not here).  I'm weary of that argument.  My point was that the article had absolutely zilch to do with Vista.  I don't care if you bash Vista in every article it's mentioned in.  Hell, enough people do that anyway...  Probably why MaxPC doesn't hardly mention it any more (well, that and the fact that it's hardly "news").

 

For the record, that's a blatently invalid comparison.  Microsoft is not complaining about their profits.  They are complaining about the fact that someone is stealing what is rightfully theirs - their intellectual property.  While you can argue that their primary motivation for doing this is that they have been financially impacted (loss of profits) by having someone do this, that's a symptom of the damage done, not the cause itself.  However, comparing their complaints to oil companies griping directly about financial considerations isn't as apples to apples as you're making it seem.  On principle alone, I support MS's right to take this matter to court.  Stealing intellectual property isn't cool.  Now, there are other arguments to be had about whether or not the way the court handles intellectual property rights as whole (ie, is it anywhere close to a good model right now?)...  But does MS have an explicit right to sue the pants off anyone found to be stealing something they have been cooperative about licensing out?  Damn right they do.  Heck, they should.  It shows that they care about their product...  But maybe I'm just freaky in how I look at things.

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jwalch.hawk

I'm beginning to notice the response to anything Micrososft does is that Vista suxxors.  People, that wasn't the point.  They are entirely different departments of a massive company.  A Microsoft mouse doesn't have a goddamn thing to do with Vista other than the fact that you can use one in the OS (although it would be hilarious if their own drivers were janked). 

Microsoft developed a product, willingly licenses its intellectual property to other companies, and yet still had someone use it without their express permission.  This isn't MS maintaining a monopoly.  This isn't MS spreading its evil throughout the land.  This is MS being taken advantage of.  The fact that you may or may not like them has no bearing whatsoever on their legal right to persecute those who have wronged them.

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strykyr

How can they make someone pay them for the ability to design a mouse wheel that tilts? I mean come on people.  There HAS to be at least one other way to design the things so that its different enough to not infringe on the patent Billy owns. And quite frankly, Considering his bank balance...WTF FOR?  He can afford to spare a few dimes here and there.

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rb3m

Well, yes. Microsoft must be thinking that the design is too similar to their own to be just a coincidence. Of course, it could be a coincidence, that's what the judge will try to determine. All companies have to defend their patents, at least show that they're willing to fight for them.In the case of MS at least they spend money in research and development, marketing and manufacturing. It's not like they just buy patents and then sue whatever has the same color.

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yagisencho

Now that patent ideas can be borrowed, I can go ahead with marketing my 'jPhone' idea. It has a sleek, multi-touch interface that I'm sure Apple won't mind my emulating. They can spare the cash anyway.

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