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Thursday, 09 February 2012 14:21

Microsoft will not be a patent troll

Written by Nick Farrell

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Will be nice on international standards

Software giant Microsoft said that it will not be nasty above the patents it uses. According to the company blog Microsoft said that it supports the development of industry standards.

The international standards system works well because firms that contribute to standards promise to make their essential patents available to others on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms. It said that consumers and the entire industry will suffer if, in disregard of this promise, firms seek to block others from shipping products on the basis of such standard essential patents.

This is a dig at Motorola which has been leaning on Apple lately as a self defense action for Job's Mob's own patent trollage. However Microsoft has promised that it wil always play fair and will stick  to the promises it has made to standards organizations to make its standard essential patents available on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

It has said that it will not seek an injunction or exclusion order against any firm on the basis of those essential patents and will make those essential patents available for license to other firms without requiring that those firms license their patents back to Microsoft. In addition it says that Microsoft will not transfer those standard essential patents to any other firm unless that firm agrees to adhere to the same agreement.


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