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The companies that license Microsoft's patents know what patents they're licensing.


Go read http://www.webmproject.org/license/bitstream/ and tell me what patents I am licensing.

Why wouldn't MS use a similar technique for Android licensees?

No company will license patents they don't know about. If they do, well, I have a bridge to sell them. That WebM page is probably for PR purposes. If you really want to know exactly which patents that covers, you can send Google's legal department an email and they should be glad to tell you.

Large companies like Samsung probably don't just rollover because Microsoft shows up on their doorstep with a license agreement and a pen. I can see the case being different for smaller players.

But Google doesn't. And that's the problem. Now Google knows the patents, and can work around them, to the point where Microsoft can assert nothing against Android.

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