Ok, let's have a look at this "patent pool organization backed by Apple, Microsoft, and others" shall we. So, who are these "others" that El Reg don't think are as important as Apple and Microsoft and fail to mention. Here's a few of the 'others' that have patents in that pool that El Reg don't think are as important (read "headline grabbing") as A & MS:
Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, LG, NTT Docomo, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and JVC.
Ok, let's give El Reg the benefit of the doubt. Maybe Apple and MS control this evil patent pool that is being wielded against Google, by having the majority of the patents in it? Actually, no. Two of the main stakeholders are Toshiba with 341 patents and LG with 500+. By contrast MS is relatively small (around 120 patents); Others such as Sharp (87) and Samsung (60) are also in that 'middle ground'. So, that leaves the evil empire of Apple that is so beloved to El Reg - how many do they have ...... 4. Not fourteen, or forty, or four-hundred. Just 4. Even JVC has more patents than they do (5). Want to know who DOESN'T hold any patents in that pool ....... Google.
For anyone who's really interested (not many I bet) here's the list of patents and owners for the H264 pool :
I did want to count them all and list them but I couldn't be bothered; I'm not getting paid for my sloppy journalism.