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SCO Bankruptcy Filings -- Is SCO Resurrecting the Name Caldera?

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| We need to take a quick break from the Bilski series because there are a 
| number of filings in the SCO bankruptcy, including a notation in one filing 
| that seems to indicate that SCO is considering resurrecting the name Caldera 
| International.   


SCO bringing Caldera back

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| SCO - the company best known in the Linux community for its legal challenges 
| could be dipping into its own intellectual property well to bring back a name 
| from the past.  



Microsoft to have 50,000 patents within two years, Phelps reveals

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| The company’s filing strategy is based on two key points, he explained. The
| first is that it needs protection in what it believes to be its key markets:
| the US, Europe, Japan and the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China)
| countries, among others. The second is that it has to have a presence in
| countries that have a software manufacturing capability; that means the same
| countries as above, but also others such as Taiwan. Europe, Phelps said,
| likes to think that it is different because it says it does not grant
| software patents “but they can’t distinguish between hardware and software so
| the patents get issued anyway”.



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."  


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.  


Ideas Are Everywhere... So Why Do We Limit Them?

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| Gladwell uses this to talk up what Myhrvold is doing, suggesting that
| Intellectual Ventures is really about continuing that process, getting those
| ideas out there -- but he misses the much bigger point: if these ideas are
| the natural progression, almost guaranteed to be discovered by someone sooner
| or later, why do we give a monopoly on these ideas to a single discoverer?
| Myhrvold's whole business model is about monopolizing all of these ideas and
| charging others (who may have discovered them totally independently) to
| actually do something with them. Yet, if Gladwell's premise is correct (and
| there's plenty of evidence included in the article), then Myhrvold's efforts
| shouldn't be seen as a big deal. After all, if it wasn't Myhrvold and his
| friends doing it, others would very likely come up with the same thing sooner
| or later.
| This is especially highlighted in one anecdote in the article, of Myhrvold
| holding a dinner with a bunch of smart people... and an attorney. The group
| spent dinner talking about a bunch of different random ideas, with no real
| goal or purpose -- just "chewing the rag" as one participant put it. But the
| next day the attorney approached them with a typewritten description of 36
| different inventions that were potentially patentable out of the dinner. When
| a random "chewing the rag" conversation turns up 36 monopolies, something is
| wrong. Those aren't inventions that deserve a monopoly.

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