Software patents are bad and useless. Patents on standards are harmful. Commission's Jonathan Todd seems to join the club of those who get it:
"The Commission has assumed that the existence of patents indicates some associated innovation, although third parties remain free to challenge Microsoft's patent claims before an appropriate court or to implement software that, in their view, does not infringe the patented technology. In any event, the Trustee's analysis is that most of the information relates only to solving problems specific to Windows, and will not improve the functionalities of the licensee's own operating systems. The Trustee has also provided evidence to the Commission that comparable technologies to these were provided royalty-free."
Just to remind us. One earlier argument against laying open of protocols was to describe them as Intellectual Property, Now patents are used as an argument to prevent interoperability.
What next? Will a smear campaign continue to bring up more arguments? Or is it time to introduce new sanctions for competition policy? the public loses patience with a company which management does not pass a reality check and continues to insult our competition policy authorities, kindly offers post-post-negotiations.
How can we strengthen enforcement of competition policy, in context of rogue companies that don't follow orders?