Interesting news. While M$ runs amok threatening to sue the world over rumoured patent violations in GNU/Linux, Nokia and Intel are promising to protect customers from such suits. That could throw M$’s trolley off the rails if their targets point to Nokia/Intel and demand they be sued first. Otherwise the targets could use as a defence that M$ does not sue Nokia/Intel. I wonder what a jury would think of that.
In Canada, as I am sure in many other jurisdictions, abuse of a patent can lead to severe penalties including revocation of the patent:
(e) if any trade or industry in Canada, or any person or class of persons engaged therein, is unfairly prejudiced by the conditions attached by the patentee, whether before or after the passing of this Act, to the purchase, hire, licence or use of the patented article or to the using or working of the patented process; or
I am sure failing to prosecute competitors would be considered “unfair”. HEHEHE. Take that, M$.
What about Intel, one-half of Wintel? What’s their angle? Are they hedging their bets as the dinosaur sinks into the tar-pond? Have they realized they can compete without monopoly? Are they trying to carve out a new monopoly in phones that does not involve M$? We shall see.