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>In effect, undisclosed patents are like a law that someone says they know you are breaking, but they won't tell you why unless you agree not to tell the next guy. That's no way to run a society.

Undisclosed patents? That's quite an oxymoron. "patent" literally means out in the open. There are no undisclosed patents here. Even patent applications are public.




Undisclosed patents? That's quite an oxymoron.

It should be perfectly clear from context that I am referring to specific patents that are used as a threat against competitors, without the specific patent numbers being revealed. No amount of searching the patent database will tell you conclusively which patents those are.


>It should be perfectly clear from context that I am referring to specific patents that are used as a threat against competitors, without the specific patent numbers being revealed

Aren't they being revealed to the competitors that are being approached for licensing? Are you implying that, for example, Acer doesn't know which patents it bought a license to?

Also, this list is essentially the top ~300 patents that MS thinks Android infringes on. There's absolutely no guarantee that other patents don't apply now or in the future so the utility of the list is kind of low.


These are the patents that Microsoft is using to extract licenses from Android manufacturers, so the utility of the list is not zero. 1. It allows well funded competitors to know which patents to attack at the patent office, and 2. It allows poorly funded competitors to avoid those specific patents, and the fact that Microsoft is satisfied by licensing those specific patents to other competitors should provide some small consolation if Microsoft decides to bring out another patent.


By this logic, by telling you that I'm in the phone book, I have disclosed my identity to you. Even though the information is there, it is not out in the open if it is buried in other information to such an extent that I can't reasonably determine which information is pertinent.




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