Is it just me or does it seem like some of these companies are playing with monopoly money? I mean in the last few years we've had Apple, Google and Microsoft spend billions on patents and technology. It seems like some of these acquisitions are purely to keep them out of their competitors hands.
Jacob, Only Microsoft would know eventually whether this was a good deal or not. The company obviously believes this is worth the $1.1 billion it is paying. The only way we would know is by poring over the details of the patent but that hasn't been revealed. The other thing to consider is that Microsoft may have purchased the patents to keep them out of a rival's hands.
Bolaji, is it a right move from Microsoft? They have the capability to create more IPs and patents. Instead of that they are doing all the shortcut ways to make patents in their accounts. I think this is not in a justifiable way and such IP/patent trades have to be discouraged. Transfer of technology is acceptable.
My first dial-up Internet connection was AOL, but after being an early adopter, AOL quickly became obsolete. Still, that number of patents and that kind of premium means they still have a lot of worthwhile technology to contribute.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.