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Old 01-14-2013, 06:39 PM   #55
fjtorres
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Originally Posted by murraypaul View Post
Well they weren't, until they dropped the lawsuit.
Everybody else who has been sued has either cross-licensed or paid.
And since B&N has nothing worth the cross-license...

They didn't even have the money to pay back royalties, much less the lawyers to keep up the fight. Unless *their* lawyers are singularly better than those of everybody else from Tom-Tom to Amazon and beyond, they were going to pay.

That is probably what opened the door to the settlement in the first place.
B&N to MS: "Do you want us to declare bankruptcy?! We.Can't.Pay!"

You hear a lot of pooh-poohing the Microsoft patents from the peanut gallery and the anti-IP advocates but down in the trenches they have prevailed in every lawsuit so I'd be wary of assuming its just a big bluff.

The smoke is thick enough to believe there is a fire there.
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