the biggest mistake microsoft made was to decide that patents would be an effective defence against new competitors
because that stops you from really innovating yourself
so Microsoft wasted most of a decade, thinking they could use patents to defend the castle.
Meanwhile, others were innovating for real.
– Mark Shuttleworth, IRC Q&Q
I’m pretty sure Microsoft wouldn’t see their patent portfolio as a mistake. Remember; that portfolio allows them to make more money out of Android than they do out of their own mobile OS, and that’s without having to do any of that tricky, expensive innovating
Otherwise, Shuttleworth absolutely nails how the patent system is broken and why that needs to change.