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Microsoft, Nintendo Hit By Patent Lawsuit

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| While Sony is still in the process of appealing a patent infringement lawsuit
| over technologies utilized in their video game console controllers, Microsoft
| and Nintendo too have been hit with a similiar lawsuit from Texas-based
| Anascape earlier this week.


Nintendo hit with $21 million patent infringement

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| Nintendo of America Inc. was ordered to pay a small East Texas gaming company
| $21 million Wednesday for infringing on a patent while designing controllers
| for its popular Wii and GameCube systems.


Nintendo Loses Patent Suit, Must Pay $21M

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| In July 2006, Anascape sued both Microsoft and Nintendo, alleging that
| several sensor patents used by the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo game
| controllers violated the company's patents. The suit also included a patent
| for a "remote controller with analog buttons."



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."


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. *


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.


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.


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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