2007: Open Source, Patents, SCO, And More

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| Instead SCO pleaded poverty, declared bankruptcy and tried to sell of its
| Unix business before creditors like Novell could get a piece of it.
|
| Is SCO dead? Nope, looks like the company such that it is, will stick around
| till 2008
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http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news...le.php/3717841

Microsoft fuelled SCO. This article also discusses Microsoft patent FUD.
Microsoft is still a prime target.

Patent Litigation Run Amok

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| 1. Microsoft (12)
| 2t. Apple (7)
| 2t. HP (7)
|
| [...]
|
| Defendants Sued The Most, 2006-2007 (through December 18)
|
| 1. Microsoft (43)
| 2. Verizon (29)
| 3t. Target (28)
|
| [...]
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http://trolltracker.blogspot.com/200...-run-amok.html


Related:

After winning patent suit, z4 sues Microsoft again

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


Big businesses boast of patent benefits, for small businesses

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


A Patent Lie

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


Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

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


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

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


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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


Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

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


Playing Microsoft Patent Poker

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