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Microsoft has huge profit margins of over 40%, anything less than $1 billion is really nothing to be concerned about to them.
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How is it that the lawsuits come so many years after the infringement?
Because it takes a long time to build up a case and figure out if they really did violate your patent.

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Microsoft has huge profit margins of over 40%, anything less than $1 billion is really nothing to be concerned about to them.
No, that is definitely something to be concerned about, that is quite a lot of money, and since this is not communist Russia, they are out to make money.
    
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I can see Microsoft regretting making patents easier to kill in the future.
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The thing I find amusing is that Microsoft convinced the US PTO to give them the patent for the electromechanical mouse in 1985, about 10 years after Xerox PARC first made one in the 1970s.

Apple was not amused at having to pay licence fees.

But now that the shoe's on the other foot, MS wants the standard for patents weakened.
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Yeah 200m for M$ won't really dent them much.

The whole case is based on retarded *no offense* evidence and facts.

If m$ loses, I'd be surprised.
200million is a lot..That's probably more then Word makes a year.

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Not for Microsoft, their net worth is what? double digit billions?
Nope. Microsoft is a debt slave. They lie about how much money they have. They lie about sales. They would have to repatriate cash to US and pay taxes. They repatriate anyway just to pay mythical dividends to keep their common stock prices up high enough to borrow 4.5 billion from the bond market over the last couple years.

They made a big deal about kinect sales. They had to. If they hadn't sold so many they couldn't have made their 1 billion dollar bond payment. It took kinect AND halo reach to pay that bill.
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Nope. Microsoft is a debt slave. They lie about how much money they have. They lie about sales. They would have to repatriate cash to US and pay taxes. They repatriate anyway just to pay mythical dividends to keep their common stock prices up high enough to borrow 4.5 billion from the bond market over the last couple years.

They made a big deal about kinect sales. They had to. If they hadn't sold so many they couldn't have made their 1 billion dollar bond payment. It took kinect AND halo reach to pay that bill.
It's not a big deal that they sell bonds rather than paying taxes on off-shore money. Check out this article from Reuters.

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..With AAA ratings from Standard & Poor's and Moody's, Microsoft is one of the strongest U.S. companies, with its $41 billion cash pile and a mere $8.5 billion in outstanding senior unsecured debt.

The majority of that cash is held overseas -- as most of Microsoft's revenue comes from outside the United States -- so the company likes to raise cash from bond investors rather than pay high tax rates to repatriate cash...
If they wanted to they could repatriate that cash and pay off their debt, it's not like they absolutely had to have their recent investments/technology pay off, even though it did.
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