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    Guardian.co.uk: Apple using "bogus" patents to make Android more expensive,

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    Google lawyer accuses rival companies including Apple, Oracle and Microsoft of running an anti-competitive strategy to stifle innovation and push up prices

    Google has accused Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and "other companies" of trying to make Android smartphones more expensive to consumers by running a "hostile, organised campaign" against it by using "bogus patents" acquired from the bankrupt Canadian company Nortel and their existing patent holdings.

    Its chief legal officer, David Drummond, alleges that the companies are effectively imposing a "tax" to push up the price of Android devices. "Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other's throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on," Drummond wrote in a blog post.

    But Microsoft has hit back, with its general counsel Brad Smith claiming on Twitter that Microsoft invited Google to bid jointly for the Nortel patents - and was turned down. Representatives from Apple and Oracle declined to comment.

    Drummond alleges that the rival companies are using an "anti-competitive strategy [which] is also escalating the cost of patents way beyond what they're actually worth" and using them to stifle innovation.

    Drummond writes that "in this instance we thought it was important to speak out and make it clear that we're determined to preserve Android as a competitive choice for consumers, by stopping those who are trying to strangle it". ...

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    You know, this type of argument does not auger well for any of the parties involved. There´s some truth in all the points of view expressed, but in this war of money, influence and dominance, any of them or all are bound to loose.
    Apple started a legal battle with many, I wouldn't be surprised if the many will go after Apple now. And they´ve got some bigwig corporations right behind them.
    This will get ugly...

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    Kinda thought it made Google sound like its whining.

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