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Mobile technology certainly makes for strange bedfellows on occasion. As it turns out, Apple has licensed key design patents to Microsoft in a move that suggests the two tech giants...
08-13-2012, 12:49 PM #1
Microsoft Works with Apple to Secure iOS Design Patents
Mobile technology certainly makes for strange bedfellows on occasion.
As it turns out, Apple has licensed key design patents to Microsoft in a move that suggests the two tech giants wish to avoid legal skirmishes down the road.
Interestingly enough, the patents licensed to Microsoft from Apple are the same ones Apple and Samsung are locking horns over in their courtroom imbroglio this summer.
Dab Levine, a reporter with Reuters, tweeted the following on Monday morning:
Apple patent licensing director Teksler: Apple has licensed its design patents to Msft, but they have an "anticloning" agreement.
Apple is likely grandstanding to an unprecedented extent over the licensing agreement with Microsoft as a means to publicly display the steps that Samsung should have taken in order to avoid today's epic courtroom battle.
Source: Reuters, MacRumors
08-13-2012, 01:02 PM #2
Much respect. This should give the whiners that claim that Apple is trying to monopolize the industry and that Apple is trying to weed out it's competition a slight change in mind.
08-13-2012, 02:04 PM #3
This only tells me that Apple is afraid to pick on the kids bigger than they are.
Besides...Apple isn't in DIRECT competition with MS. This is a PR move to make people think Apple can play with others. In realty...Apple is just greedy.
08-13-2012, 02:11 PM #4-= Formally known as SiLeNtKiLLa =-
08-13-2012, 02:32 PM #5
Wonder how much apple is gonna make off microsoft lol
08-13-2012, 03:12 PM #6
You're correct@iBanks! Two biggest players are Apple and Samsung these days..so Apple is NOT taking the easy route, they are showing your what Samsung should have done. Taking notes Samsung?? Is this thing on?? haha!
08-13-2012, 03:55 PM #7
Microsoft is no threat to Apple. No way in hell would Apple have done the same for Samsung as they are a huge threat to them. Anyway, what do y'all think will be in the next iPhone? Lol
Last edited by Simon; 08-13-2012 at 03:57 PM.
08-13-2012, 04:23 PM #8
08-13-2012, 06:33 PM #9-= Formally known as SiLeNtKiLLa =-
08-13-2012, 07:34 PM #10
Yep there were reports I've seen saying Samsung was offered same deal as Microsoft but didn't take them.
08-13-2012, 08:26 PM #11
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08-14-2012, 09:52 AM #13
Microsoft grew from the 'Vista' and 'Zune' era to something i have grown to respect so much. This is the way people should go about doing things
08-14-2012, 06:46 PM #14
Apple and Microsoft have been playing nicely with each other since the late 90's. Remember, Internet Explorer was once the default browser for Mac.
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08-14-2012, 09:25 PM #16-= Formally known as SiLeNtKiLLa =-