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[News] IBM and Cisco Adopt Selfish Approach to Fighting Patent Trolls, Embrace Trolls

  • Subject: [News] IBM and Cisco Adopt Selfish Approach to Fighting Patent Trolls, Embrace Trolls
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 08:43:40 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Looking to fend off patent trolls, IBM, Cisco support startup RPX

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| Now, two former executives of Myhrvold's Bellevue patent licensing firm are 
| striking out on their own with support from IBM and Cisco to serve as a 
| counterweight to patent holding firms like Intellectual Ventures. Today, RPX 
| Corp. is launching what it dubs "defensive patent aggregation" -- a 
| membership club of sorts where large and small technology companies pool 
| capital in order to order to protect themselves from patent litigation.      


The Community patent seems to be dying in the EU, which is good.

Judges condemn Europe's stalled progress on Community patent and court

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| Delegates at the Fourth European Judges’ Forum, which has recently ended in 
| Venice, have issued a statement deploring the apparent slowdown in 
| negotiations over the creation of a Community patent and a single European 
| patent jurisdiction.   



Bill Gates, top Microsoft executives do some of their inventing on the side

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| Bill Gates and several of Microsoft’s top technologists are credited as
| inventors in eight newly disclosed U.S. patent applications. That isn’t a
| surprise. But here’s where it starts to get unusual: The applications weren’t
| made on Microsoft’s behalf.|
| [...]
| Here's what we know: An entity called Searete LLC applied for the patents.
| Searete is part of Intellectual Ventures LLC, the Bellevue-based invention
| house run by Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s former chief technology officer.
| Myhrvold’s company has stirred controversy with its large patent hoard.


Top Microsoft Execs Moonlighting For a Patent Bully

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| "TechFlash reports that Microsoft bigwigs like Craig Mundie and Bill Gates
| (when he still worked there) have been secretly moonlighting at Intellectual
| Ventures (IV), the 'patent extortion fund' run by Bill's pal Nathan Myhrvold.
| A Microsoft spokesman confirmed that its technologists have been sitting in
| on IV-sponsored 'innovation sessions,' where their pearls of wisdom were
| captured and turned into patent applications for Searete, an IV shadow
| corporate entity. And if all goes well, Searete will soon enjoy exclusive
| rights to the fruit of the brainstorming, which includes processes ranging
| from determining and rewarding 'influencers' to treating malaria, HIV, TB,
| hepatitis, smallpox, and cancer."


Microsoft fueling Intellectual Ventures, OpenOffice, and other conspiracy

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| Of more concern was the TechFlash's news that Bill Gates, Craig Mundie, and
| other top current and past Microsoft officials make a regular pilgrimage to
| the patent troll, Intellectual Ventures, to feed it ideas which it turns into
| patents. Regardless of what one thinks about patents, shouldn't Microsoft be
| feeding itself with patents, not another company? In other words, shouldn't
| it be the patent troll?

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