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Re: Software patents virtually prohibited in U.S.

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____/ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on Sunday 09 November 2008 23:15 : \____

> On Nov 9, 1:11 pm, Tim Smith <reply_in_gr...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> In article
>> <c625a92d-2e59-4285-8191-42e1bc3e7...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>>  "ness...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ness...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Nov 9, 6:37 am, Anonymous Remailer
>> > <mixmas...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > >http://www.itexaminer.com/us-court-throws-out-most-software-patents.aspx
>> > > Software patents are now mostly worthless and open-source will flourish
>> > > in the U.S. because of this ruling. Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Yahoo
>> > > list billions and billions in software-patents with the stroke of a pen.
>> > > I wonder how this will affect their balance sheets.
>> > Subtitled, "Microsoft has a problem ".  It's an interesting
>> If "Microsoft has a problem", how come they submitted an amicus brief
>> arguing *for* the position the court took?
>> It's usually not considered a problem for one when the court rules the
>> way one wanted the court to rule.
>> --
>> --Tim Smith
> Just because Microsoft submitted an amicus brief doesn't mean that
> they wanted to see the ruling come out the way it did.  Or that their
> only interest is in ridding the world of the software patents.  Here's
> what groklaw's Pamela Jones says:  "If you want to know what
> Microsoft's thinking appears to be on that subject, assuming as I do
> that they very much want 'tied to a particular machine' to mean any
> old desktop running Microsoft software, read their amicus brief
> [PDF]."
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20081103134949355
> In other words, it sounds to her that Microsoft would like to see
> software patents allowed for Windows software running on PCs.

Just like IBM wanted BM patents eliminated (but SW patents to survive).

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