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  1. [News] [Rival] Microsoft Gets Sued over Patents, Troubled by Lawsuit Over Deceptive Marketing

    After winning patent suit, z4 sues Microsoft again

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | A company that was just awarded more than $140 million from Microsoft in a
    | patent-infringement suit has sued the software giant again, this time for
    | alleged infringements in Windows Vista and Office 2007.
    `----

    http://www.networkworld.com/news/200...t-suit-z4.html

    "Vista Capable" Stickers Causing All Kinds Of Problems For Microsoft

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Around this time last year, computer manufactures were trying to convince
    | people not to wait until Vista came out to buy a new computer. To that end
    | Microsoft devised what was (and still is) considered to be one of the most
    | confusing marketing campaigns ever.
    `----

    http://consumerist.com/consumer/vist...oft-328036.php
    http://tinyurl.com/ynoeng


    Related:

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | 'MS are key sponsors of "Voices For Innovation" aimed at MS customers
    | and designed to put a positive spin on software patents and enlist people
    | to lobby on their behalf.'
    `----

    http://aralbalkan.com/939


    Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
    | that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
    | almost any participation by the small business community.
    |
    | Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
    | competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
    | large corporations and the patent industry.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
    | Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
    | But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
    | report in any way
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
    | said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
    | all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
    | those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.
    `----

    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/99155/bi...usinesses.html


    A Patent Lie

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Microsoft sang a very different tune in 1991. In a memo to his
    | senior executives, Bill Gates wrote, "If people had understood how
    | patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented,
    | and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete
    | standstill today." Mr. Gates worried that "some large company will
    | patent some obvious thing" and use the patent to "take as much of
    | our profits as they want."
    `----

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/09/opinion/09lee.html


    And then:

    Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
    | unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
    | executive for Sun Microsystems. *
    `----

    http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/softwar...9280437,00.htm


    Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
    | market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
    | at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
    |
    | The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
    | software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
    | with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
    | beginning to show.
    `----

    http://sweetcomputing.com/index.php?...soft_Terrorism


    Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
    | it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
    | is to provoke fear.
    |
    | If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
    | you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
    | of the American people as they never have before in the history of
    | the country.
    `----

    http://www.linux.org/news/opinion/ms_threats.html


    Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different
    | answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild
    | of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as
    | $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from
    | universities in Asia." *
    `----

    http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...=2547-1_3-0-20


    Playing Microsoft Patent Poker

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con … convince people
    | that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what
    | Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent
    | attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary
    | of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against
    | Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat. * *
    |
    | So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the
    | players. *
    `----

    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616


    Lawyers: Even Microsoft Confused Over Vista Marketing

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | A Microsoft product manager couldn't correctly explain the "Vista Capable"
    | marketing slogan, according to recent filings in a lawsuit that claims the
    | company misled consumers with a prerelease Vista campaign last year.
    `----

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13...1/article.html


    Excerpts: Latest filings in 'Vista Capable' lawsuit

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | The lawsuit over Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" marketing program has
    | reached a key juncture. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have formally requested
    | class-action status for the case, seeking to open it up to many more people,
    | and Microsoft last week filed its official opposition to that request. The
    | filings contain some interesting tidbits on both sides. * *
    `----

    http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/m...asp?source=rss


    Judge Says 'Windows Vista Capable' Lawsuit Can Proceed

    ,----[ Quote ]
    | A federal judge has ruled that two consumers can proceed with a lawsuit that
    | claims Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" campaign was misleading.
    `----

    http://www.informationweek.com/news/...on=All+Stories

  2. Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Gets Sued over Patents, Troubled by Lawsuit Over Deceptive Marketing

    On Sat, 01 Dec 2007 00:07:01 +0000, Roy Schestowitz
    wrote:


    >"Vista Capable" Stickers Causing All Kinds Of Problems For Microsoft
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| Around this time last year, computer manufactures were trying to convince
    >| people not to wait until Vista came out to buy a new computer. To that end
    >| Microsoft devised what was (and still is) considered to be one of the most
    >| confusing marketing campaigns ever.
    >`----
    >
    >http://consumerist.com/consumer/vist...oft-328036.php
    >http://tinyurl.com/ynoeng


    Yea Roy Schestowitz.
    Outside the safe haven of COLA you are at -29 on digg for that one.

    Make certain to expand the comments and read them.

    Of course over here in COLA it will probably worshiped.





    >
    >Related:
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| 'MS are key sponsors of "Voices For Innovation" aimed at MS customers
    >| and designed to put a positive spin on software patents and enlist people
    >| to lobby on their behalf.'
    >`----
    >
    >http://aralbalkan.com/939
    >
    >
    >Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| A report published by an EU task force on intellectual property claims
    >| that small businesses benefit from a patent system, despite lacking
    >| almost any participation by the small business community.
    >|
    >| Instead, the report, titled IPR (intellectual property rights) for
    >| competitiveness and innovation, was written up almost entirely by
    >| large corporations and the patent industry.
    >|
    >| [...]
    >|
    >| The report does note objections from the likes of patentfrei.de and
    >| Sun Microsystems, which were recorded at some length in the report.
    >| But this does not appear to have impacted the conclusion of the
    >| report in any way
    >|
    >| [...]
    >|
    >| Jean-Pierre Laisne, of ObjectWeb, an open source software community,
    >| said that he found the report useless: participants were told that
    >| all their contributions would be recorded but at the end only
    >| those of Business Software Alliance and Microsoft were used.
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/99155/bi...usinesses.html
    >
    >
    >A Patent Lie
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| Microsoft sang a very different tune in 1991. In a memo to his
    >| senior executives, Bill Gates wrote, "If people had understood how
    >| patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented,
    >| and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete
    >| standstill today." Mr. Gates worried that "some large company will
    >| patent some obvious thing" and use the patent to "take as much of
    >| our profits as they want."
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/09/opinion/09lee.html
    >
    >
    >And then:
    >
    >Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and
    >| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local
    >| executive for Sun Microsystems. *
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/softwar...9280437,00.htm
    >
    >
    >Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
    >| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
    >| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
    >|
    >| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free
    >| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
    >| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
    >| beginning to show.
    >`----
    >
    >http://sweetcomputing.com/index.php?...soft_Terrorism
    >
    >
    >Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
    >| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
    >| is to provoke fear.
    >|
    >| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
    >| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
    >| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
    >| the country.
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.linux.org/news/opinion/ms_threats.html
    >
    >
    >Who is the world's biggest patent troll?
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different
    >| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild
    >| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as
    >| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from
    >| universities in Asia." *
    >`----
    >
    >http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...=2547-1_3-0-20
    >
    >
    >Playing Microsoft Patent Poker
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con convince people
    >| that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what
    >| Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent
    >| attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary
    >| of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against
    >| Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat. * *
    >|
    >| So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the
    >| players. *
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616
    >
    >
    >Lawyers: Even Microsoft Confused Over Vista Marketing
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| A Microsoft product manager couldn't correctly explain the "Vista Capable"
    >| marketing slogan, according to recent filings in a lawsuit that claims the
    >| company misled consumers with a prerelease Vista campaign last year.
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,13...1/article.html
    >
    >
    >Excerpts: Latest filings in 'Vista Capable' lawsuit
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| The lawsuit over Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" marketing program has
    >| reached a key juncture. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have formally requested
    >| class-action status for the case, seeking to open it up to many more people,
    >| and Microsoft last week filed its official opposition to that request. The
    >| filings contain some interesting tidbits on both sides. * *
    >`----
    >
    >http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/m...asp?source=rss
    >
    >
    >Judge Says 'Windows Vista Capable' Lawsuit Can Proceed
    >
    >,----[ Quote ]
    >| A federal judge has ruled that two consumers can proceed with a lawsuit that
    >| claims Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" campaign was misleading.
    >`----
    >
    >http://www.informationweek.com/news/...on=All+Stories


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