>>You don't really think that all 200+ patents Microsoft is asserting against Android are vapor, do you?
It's not me we're talking about, but Sammy, their lawyers and IP people.
If you would like to hear my opinion, they are indeed vapour. They became known thanks to the Chinese government not to Microsoft for a reason. Most of those 310 ones are extremely ridiculous. The favorite of mine besides the long filename pearl are these: #163 "Method and System for Providing Internet Shortcut Icons on the Desktop" , #156 "Distribution of Software in a Computer Network Environment", #154 "System and method for installing an application on a portable computer". As you can see this smells of prior art and/or obvious general blabbering, like crazy. Especially, the latter two. #156 filed in 94, US 6138153 A (not being mentioned to belong to MS) and US 6360364 B1 talk about so banal, boring, general shapeless things that a reader has a high risk of dislocating their jaws due to uncontrolled yawning.
It is even more ironic that a software repository/store and a universal software package system for MS Windows are either still not implemented yet or just recently arrived to a Desktop.
When B&N challenged this vapour in court, MS didn't come crushing upon them with all their lawyers' power, but muffled and muted them with quite some lucrative incentives and struck a deal instead.
>>Samsung is playing a dangerous game..
So is MS, making believe quite a few people in the emperor's clothes when he is really naked.
>>.. especially now that Nokia's patent stash would be part of the deal.
As was corrected above, Nokia is licensing those patents to MS as a part of the deal. Totally different from owning them, like what have happened with the case of Google-Moto.
>>Besides, as is proven over and over again, what we think about the validity of a patent doesn't matter, it is what the patent offices and the courts think about them.
Cannot agree more on that. That's why we get a pretty weird situation, that the real know-how communication engineering patents of Motorola, Nokia, Samsung et al are often over-bidden and over-beaten by obvious, overgeneralized vaporware or prior art patents from Microsoft and Apple.