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[News] Convicted Monopolist Makes the Patent System Look Very Bad

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Microsoft: 'Patents are gibberish - unless you're a patent lawyer'

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| Microsoft's internal advice when you're potentially treading on someone 
| else's patent? "Ignorance is bliss." 


Microsoft employee: 'Ignorance is bliss and strongly recommended' on patents

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| In short, we have a mess on our hands. We've been talking for years about 
| fixing the patent system, but the only thing we've received for all our talk 
| is a growing mountain of patents that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is 
| incapable of clearing in an expeditious fashion, given a lack of expertise 
| and a lack of resources.    



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.

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