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Android Profits Microsoft

"Okay... maybe you don't infringe these seven patents. But we have 10,000 U.S. patents. Do you really want us to go back to Armonk and find seven patents you do infringe? Or do you want to make this easy and just pay us $20 million?"

"You might think Google could deal with this by just not infringing Microsoft's patents, but that's not how software patents work. Android has roughly 10 million lines of code. Auditing 10 million lines of code for compliance with 18,000 patents is an impossible task -- especially because the meaning of a patent's claims are often not clear until after they have been litigated. Most Silicon Valley companies don't even try to avoid infringing patents."

Forbes
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