AOL patents: What's in it for Microsoft?

AOL makes a billion dollars and boosts its share price, but the benefits of the patent acquisition deal for Microsoft are less obvious.

By , PC World |  Business, AOL, Microsoft

The use of patent litigation as a means of competing with rivals is unfortunate, but it's the reality of the tech world today. Until or unless something is done to change the nature of tech patents, or reverse the tide of patent infringement litigation, companies like Microsoft will continue to arm themselves with the largest patent portfolio possible.

It's the Silicon Valley equivalent of the nuclear arms race and mutually assured destruction.


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